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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by charisma: "the warmth of a naturally charismatic leader” ( Joyce Carol Oates).
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a type of Christianity that emphasizes personal religious experience and divinely inspired powers, as of healing, prophecy, and the gift of tongues.
  • n. A member of a Christian charismatic group or movement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, related to, or having charisma.
  • adj. Of, related to, or being a member of a form of Christianity that emphasises the role of the Holy Spirit.
  • n. a member of such a Christian movement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a charism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to charism or charismata.

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

  • adj. possessing an extraordinary ability to attract


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From Ancient Greek χάρισμα (kharisma, "grace, favour, gift") + -ic.


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