TUESDAY TRIVIA: What Does It Really Mean When Someone Has Charisma?

When someone is said to “have charisma,” it commonly now means the person is charming.

Using the word “charisma” to mean someone’s sense of “personal charm” only became common in the 20th century.

What does it really mean when someone has charisma?

The word is the Latinized form of Greek “charisma,” meaning “favor, divine gift,” and from “kharizesthai,” meaning “to show favor to.” It has been used in Christian contexts since about 1640 to refer to a “special spiritual gift or power divinely conferred, talent from God,” as was done on the early Christians in the book of “Acts” in the Bible.

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