Definition of charisma in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others.

    ‘he has tremendous charisma and stage presence’
    • ‘It didn't matter that everyone who worked with him said that, in private, he was charming, with genuine charisma.’
    • ‘She had what people call charisma, you know, the way she walked, the way she behaved.’
    • ‘The overall impression was one of ordinariness, a lack of personal charisma.’
    • ‘The players liked him because he had a great aura and charisma about him.’
    • ‘It is an attractive diversion somewhat enhanced by the charm and charisma of its stars.’
    • ‘You attract a lot of interesting people with your charisma and gift of communication.’
    • ‘He told those attending she had ‘aura, charisma and a precious gift of working with children’.’
    • ‘Your personal charm and charisma take you through difficult situations smoothly.’
    • ‘Women could not gauge other, non-physical factors, such as the person's charisma, from the picture.’
    • ‘There is no reference to words such as inspiration and charisma.’
    • ‘She said that he doesn't have any charm or charisma in front of the camera and that she could do a better job.’
    • ‘I think he has charisma, but it's not the sort of charisma that attracts the ordinary voter.’
    • ‘He has no charm or charisma and will probably be the third to leave.’
    • ‘I thought someone with my charm, wit and charisma could easily get a ticket, but not so.’
    • ‘He has got fantastic charisma, a great personality, wonderful kids and a wonderful wife.’
    • ‘But it's a testament to his totemic presence and charisma that he's entirely convincing.’
    • ‘Also in terms of personal charisma he comes across to me as rather wet.’
    • ‘It was a real shame that Bryn didn't get to sing, because he has tremendous charisma and stage presence.’
    • ‘He was also a man of frightening intelligence and charisma, who charmed virtually everyone he met.’
    • ‘I'm fascinated by this character trait known as charm or charisma.’
    charm, presence, aura, personality, force of personality, strength of character, individuality
    magnetism, animal magnetism, drawing power, attractiveness, appeal, allure, pull
    magic, spell, mystique, glamour
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  • 2A divinely conferred power or talent.

    • ‘All the Pauline references to charismata, Campbell insists, are to be taken only in the latter sense.’
    • ‘That was the charisma of divine gift that endowed for a time warriors, prophets, and even political leaders.’
    • ‘In describing various services in the church as charismata, Paul's aim was to affirm theologically that these agents were all endowed with the grace of God and thus had divine as well as social legitimation.’
    • ‘The charisma of messianic preachers has historically found an audience.’
    • ‘We have to learn to see such charismata when they appear; the charismatic phenomenon is essentially new and always surprising.’


Mid 17th century (in charisma): via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek kharisma, from kharis favour, grace.