[ kuh-riz-muh ]
/ kəˈrɪz mə /
noun, plural cha·ris·ma·ta [kuh-riz-muh-tuh] /kəˈrɪz mə tə/.
Theology. a divinely conferred gift or power.
a spiritual power or personal quality that gives an individual influence or authority over large numbers of people.
the special virtue of an office, function, position, etc., that confers or is thought to confer on the person holding it an unusual ability for leadership, worthiness of veneration, or the like.
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Words nearby charisma
Also char·ism [kar-iz-uhm] /ˈkær ɪz əm/.
Origin of charisma
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British Dictionary definitions for charism
/ (kəˈrɪzmə) /
a special personal quality or power of an individual making him capable of influencing or inspiring large numbers of people
a quality inherent in a thing which inspires great enthusiasm and devotion
Christianity a divinely bestowed power or talent
Derived forms of charismacharismatic (ˌkærɪzˈmætɪk), adjective
Word Origin for charisma
C17: from Church Latin, from Greek kharisma, from kharis grace, favour
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Cultural definitions for charism
[ (kuh-riz-muh) ]
Extraordinary power and appeal of personality; natural ability to inspire a large following.
notes for charisma
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