Definition of charisma in English:


Syllabification: cha·ris·ma
Pronunciation: /kəˈrizmə


  • 2 (plural charismata /-ˌmətə/) (also charism /ˈkarˌizəm/) A divinely conferred power or talent.
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    • We have to learn to see such charismata when they appear; the charismatic phenomenon is essentially new and always surprising.
    • In describing various services in the church as charismata, Paul's aim was to affirm theologically that these agents were all endowed with the grace of God and thus had divine as well as social legitimation.
    • All the Pauline references to charismata, Campbell insists, are to be taken only in the latter sense.


mid 17th century (sense 2): via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek kharisma, from kharis 'favor, grace'.

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