noun Etymology: Latin Date: 1869 high seriousness (as in a person's bearing or in the treatment of a subject)

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  • gravitas — [[t]græ̱vɪtæs[/t]] N UNCOUNT If you say that someone has gravitas, you mean that you respect them because they seem serious and intelligent. [FORMAL] Pale, dark, authoritative, with the gravitas you might expect of a Booker prize winner, former… …   English dictionary

  • gravitas — /grav i tahs , tas /, n. seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech. [1920 25; < L gravitas; see GRAVITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • gravitas —    (GRAH vee tahs) [Latin] Weight; weightiness; importance; consequence. Dignity or seriousness of character.    For a full thirty minutes they sustained the illusion of gravitas once prized by Cicero and Cato the Elder. Harper’s Magazine, March… …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • gravitas — grav•i•tas [[t]ˈgræv ɪˌtɑs, ˌtæs[/t]] n. cvb seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech • Etymology: 1920–25; < L gravitās; see gravity …   From formal English to slang

  • gravitas — /ˈgrævətæs/ (say gravuhtas) noun dignified authority; seriousness: *{his} deeply serious expression seemed, like the colour of his hair, to be an attempt at gravitas. In spite of it, he looked like a pixie. –amy witting, 1999. {Latin: weight} …   Australian English dictionary

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