- The definition of charisma is a special and rare charm held by someone that makes others want to follow or obey them.
President John F. Kennedy is an example of a leader with a lot of charisma.
charisma definition by Webster's New World
- Christian Theol. a divinely inspired gift, grace, or talent, as for prophesying, healing, etc.also charism
- a special quality of leadership that captures the popular imagination and inspires allegiance and devotion
- a special charm or allure that inspires fascination or devotion: the film star's charisma
Origin: Ecclesiastical Greek gift of God's grace ; from Classical Greek favor, grace ; from charizesthai, to show favor to ; from charis, grace, beauty, kindness ; from chairein, to rejoice at ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝher-, to desire, like from source yearn
charisma definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. cha·ris·ma·ta
- a. A rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm.b. Personal magnetism or charm: a television news program famed for the charisma of its anchors.
- Christianity An extraordinary power, such as the ability to perform miracles, granted by the Holy Spirit.
Origin: Greek kharisma, divine favor, from kharizesthai, to favor, from kharis, favor; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots.
charisma - Computer Definition
An earlier presentation graphics program for Windows from Micrografx that included a comprehensive media manager for managing large libraries of image, sound and video clips.
charisma - Cultural Definition
Extraordinary power and appeal of personality; natural ability to inspire a large following.
- Political leaders such as John F. Kennedy, religious leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and entertainment figures such as Greta Garbo have all been described as charismatic.