A descriptive term that means having or projecting a special magnetic appeal or charm that garners enthusiasm or loyalty. Seeming to have magical allure, to be fascinating or to have animal magnetism.

A person displaying charisma would be influential, be widely admired and have a certain swaying power over others. Often the term applies to those looked favorable upon by large groups of people such as politicians, leaders and entertainers.

Etymology: Charisma is a Greek word that means “gift” or “favor.” It comes from the verb charizesthai, which means “to favor,” and is derived from the noun charis, which means “grace.” In English, charisma has been used to indicate “a power or gift given to an individual by the holy spirit” in Christian contexts.

The earliest non-religious use of the term charisma occurred in a German text published by sociologist Max Weber in 1922.

In a Sentence

The mayor won over many supporters with his genuine smile and winning charisma.

Shirley says the new guy in the office has both good looks and charisma.