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[kar-iz-mat-ik] /ˌkær ɪzˈmæt ɪk/
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 forms
noncharismatic, adjective
uncharismatic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Immediately recognizable, these particular species epitomize charismatic megafauna.
  • Conservationists routinely use charismatic predators as poster animals to attract support for environmental-protection campaigns.
  • It is also a culturally important and charismatic species.
  • So dollars spent on the charismatic panda can have an equally beneficial effect on the obscure giant salamander.
  • Bottlenose dolphins are well known as the intelligent and charismatic stars of many aquarium shows.
  • Intelligent and playful, river dolphins are charismatic animals.
  • The countryside, once teeming with charismatic megafauna, is eerily vacant.
  • He was obsessive, demanding, and preternaturally charismatic.
  • Scientific theories are often full of smoke-and-mirrors and are refuted when a charismatic or well-funded proponent dies.
  • In the best tradition of charismatic leaders left alone with their handpicked top command, he became unhinged.
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
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