Pronunciation: (ku-riz'mu), [key]
—pl. -ma•taPronunciation: (-mu-tu). [key]
1. Theol.a divinely conferred gift or power.
2. a spiritual power or personal quality that gives an individual influence or authority over large numbers of people.
3. the special virtue of an office, function, position, etc., that confers or is thought to confer on the person holding it an unusual ability for leadership, worthiness of veneration, or the like. Also,char•ismPronunciation: (kar'iz-um). [key]
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