Adjective "charismatic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Exercising a compelling charm which inspires devotion in others.
  1. 'Cantona was never one to berate or cajole teammates, but on the pitch or training ground he was a huge, charismatic figure who inspired fellow players.'
  2. 'At home, there is a charismatic new leader to charm and intrigue us.'
  3. 'A charismatic leader, he inspired his troops, Frenchmen and foreigners, with fierce loyalty and devotion.'
  4. 'Often, such people can be charming, even charismatic.'
  5. 'He is a very charismatic figure and a very good man, which is why his appeal is so widespread.'
  6. 'Her paper was inspired by a charismatic speaker she had heard.'
  7. 'You are gregarious, friendly, charming and charismatic.'
  8. 'An inspirational teacher and leader, her charismatic personality has endeared her to generations of children as she encouraged the very best from each and every one of them.'
  9. 'There is no other person in Scottish history who really compares to him as a multi-faceted warrior, leader and charismatic figure.'
  10. '‘He had an aura about him, he was charismatic and he inspired you,’ he said.'
Relating to the charismatic movement in the Christian Church.
  1. 'I plunged myself into a charismatic Baptist church, because I was seeking emotional and affective expression.'
  2. 'Her family are charismatic Christians, which means they stand up in church, clapping and singing.'
  3. 'Some Christians seek a more emotional form of religious worship and turn to charismatic Christianity and other movements that stress a personal response to Jesus.'
  4. 'St Thomas's is an evangelical, charismatic church, and, as such, believes that the Bible is God's word and direction for living.'
  5. 'Gateway is a charismatic evangelical church with lively worship and a good range of ages in the congregation.'
  6. 'The Catholic Church, and evangelical and charismatic Protestant Churches are, likewise, targets of criticism.'
  7. 'Holy Trinity Brompton was the main UK source of the Toronto Blessing and ‘holy laughter’ phenomenon that swept through charismatic churches some years ago.'
  8. 'He remained deeply religious, though, and when he came for appointments would talk of the happenings at his charismatic church.'
  9. 'The other day I received an email asking me how I would differentiate between evangelicals, fundamentalists, and charismatic Christians.'
  10. 'First, the fastest growing sectors of American Christianity were the charismatic, Pentecostal, and fundamentalist churches.'
  11. 'Practicing charismatic prophecy, many of Montanus's followers were women, who were allowed to teach, heal, and exorcise demons.'
  12. 'Women and men with charismatic powers to heal and contact God originate and lead their own sects.'


An adherent of the charismatic movement.
  1. 'I, myself, am a charismatic in that I attend churches that promote the use of Spiritual gifts.'
  2. 'It could be that more educated charismatics believe that educated people in general look down upon charismatic practices in churches.'
  3. 'Individual charismatics, even relative newcomers, easily surmised what was expected of them in the way of belief and conduct, and there was no shortage of cues to help them along.'
  4. 'Today, almost 525 million people around the world identify themselves as Pentecostals or charismatics.'
  5. 'However, even the less collectively oriented charismatics agreed that the best way to live their lives was by trying to make a difference in the world.'
  6. 'It was not long before charismatic influences penetrated the Roman Catholic Church, and Catholic charismatics were embraced by other charismatics as bona fide brethren on the basis of a shared ‘spiritual’ experience.'
  7. 'Theissen's tertiary charismatics, community sympathizers in the villages, did not abandon their traditional way of life; they remained in their homes, and adhered to traditional household norms and values.'
  8. 'The question of the relation between women's social power and women's access to spiritual power came out of my research on Catholic charismatics.'
  9. 'If we are charismatics, we will say it is by the currently active gift of prophecy exercised in the worshiping congregation.'
  10. 'He looks at the essentials of what we really can say about Jesus with any degree of historical certainty, and places him in the context of the wandering charismatics and faith healers who were about at the time.'
  11. 'Cepeda and his charismatics took advantage of the spiritual vacuum to grow their own movement.'
  12. 'Godboo is a true charismatic, with a physical presence that makes him the focus of every eye.'
  13. 'In his youth, Machiavelli had watched Savonarola from afar; the great religious charismatic was both anti-Renaissance and opposed to the new merchant class that was emerging.'


1. of, having, or characteristic of charisma.

2. characterizing Christians of various denominations who seek an ecstatic religious experience, sometimes including speaking in tongues and instantaneous healing. noun

3. a Christian who emphasizes such a religious experience.

More examples(as adjective)

"fews can be charismatic in ways."

"leaders can be charismatic."

"figures can be charismatic."

"people can be charismatic."

"politicians can be charismatic."

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Late 19th century: from Greek kharisma, kharismat- ‘charisma’, + -ic.