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The word Charisma (from the Greek word charis) or gift, is often used in this form to describe an ability to charm or influence people.

Charisma has been credited with helping some politicians, especially those with vague platforms and populist ambitions, to achieve electoral success.

The word is also used by certain Christian denominations and movements to indicate that they believe in and practice the spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy and words of knowledge, as well as other gifts of the Holy Spirit as found in the Bible, without the preeminence of glossolalia and legalism prevalent in Pentecostalism.

See also Pentecostalism, Charismatic authority, Rapport