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gravitas

[grav-i-tahs, ‐tas] /ˈgræv ɪˌtɑs, ‐ˌtæs/
noun
1.
seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Latin gravitās; see gravity
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  • 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.
  • In the eye of the writer that one little syllable add so much gravitas.
  • Wright's older patrons, the focus of the next gallery, have more gravitas.
  • However, not all science and technology boasts a similar degree of gravitas.
  • Time to jump back a generation, and seek a leader with vigour, white hair and gravitas.
  • He was, clearly, oblivious to the gravitas of the day.
  • They wear their gravitas with commendable lightness.
British Dictionary definitions for gravitas

gravitas

/ˈɡrævɪˌtæs/
noun
1.
seriousness, solemnity, or importance
Word Origin
C20: from Latin gravitās weight, from gravis heavy
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Word Origin and History for gravitas
n.

1924, from Latin gravitas "weight, heaviness;" figuratively, of persons, "dignity, presence, influence" (see gravity). A word that became useful when gravity acquired a primarily scientific meaning.

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