n. pl. cha·ris·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
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.
2. also char·ism (kărĭz′əm) Christianity An extraordinary power, such as the ability to perform miracles, granted by the Holy Spirit.
[Greek kharisma, divine favor, from kharizesthai, to favor, from kharis, favor; see gher-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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