[grav-i-tahs, ‐tas]
seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech.

1920–25; < Latin gravitās; see gravity Unabridged
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gravitas (ˈɡrævɪˌtæs)
seriousness, solemnity, or importance
[C20: from Latin gravitās weight, from gravis heavy]

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Example sentences
When you go to an academic conference you expect to see some geeks, gravitas
  and graying professors giving lectures.
The times call for leaders of great ability and significant gravitas.
The gravitas of the candidates and the sharpness of their policy differences
  have both increased over the past few months.
She would give our diplomatic outreach a power and gravitas that it hasn't had
  for years.
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