Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm.
  • n. Personal magnetism or charm: a television news program famed for the charisma of its anchors.
  • n. Christianity An extraordinary power, such as the ability to perform miracles, granted by the Holy Spirit.

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  • n. Personal charm or magnetism
  • n. An extraordinary power granted by the Holy Spirit
  • n. The ability to influence without the use of logic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as charism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek kharisma, divine favor, from kharizesthai, to favor, from kharis, favor; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots.

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From Ancient Greek χάρισμα (khárisma, "grace, favour, gift"), from χαρίζομαι (kharízomai, "I show favor"), from χάρις (kháris, "grace"), from χαίρω (khaírō, "I am happy").

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  • CHARisMa

    April 22, 2008