Definition of "charisma" [charisma]

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

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Use "charisma" in a sentence
  • "There is no denying that he has what they call charisma."
  • "He deserves support because his charisma is a big asset to the game."
  • "With an 80 percent approval rating after eight years in office, the bearded, roly-poly former union leader who oozes charisma is everywhere, virtually assuring victory for his handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff."