charism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek χάρις ‎(kháris, grace)

Noun[edit]

charism ‎(plural charisms or charismata)

  1. (Christianity, theology) A power or authority, generally of a spiritual nature, believed to be a freely given gift by the grace of God.
    • 2007 April 14, Peter Steinfels, “A Catholic Debate Mounts on the Meaning of ‘Just War’”[1], New York Times:
      Reviewing the prudential warnings and moral qualms issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops , “it is hard not to conclude,” the editors write, “that the bishops’ charism, rather than the president’s, has better served the nation.”

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