of, having, or characteristic of charisma.
characterizing Christians of various denominations who seek an ecstatic religious experience, sometimes including speaking in tongues and instantaneous healing.


a Christian who emphasizes such a religious experience.

Origin of charismatic

1865–70; < Greek charismat-, stem of chárisma charisma + -ic
Related formsnon·char·is·mat·ic, adjectiveun·char·is·mat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for charismatic

appealing, alluring, hypnotic, magnetic, mesmerizing, poised

Examples from the Web for charismatic

Contemporary Examples of charismatic

Historical Examples of charismatic

  • Paul had in Corinth, contemporaneously with his description of the charismatic state of the church there, to denounce sad abuses.

  • I refer particularly to the charismatic organization and government of the church.

    The Last Reformation

    F. G. [Frederick George] Smith

Word Origin and History for charismatic

1851, in Bible commentary and theology, in reference to the operation of the Holy Spirit and prophetic ecstasy in the early Church (from the use of Greek kharismata in Rom. xii), from Latin stem of charisma + -ic. As a movement in modern Christian churches which believes in divine gifts of healing, etc., attested by 1936, reflecting the older sense of charisma.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper