Tuesday, March 14, 2000
gravitas noun [GRAV-uh-tahs] High seriousness (as in a person's bearing or in the treatment of a subject).
Definitions for gravitas
- High seriousness (as in a person's bearing or in the treatment of a subject).
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Citations for gravitas
At first sight the tall, stooped figure with the hawk-like features and bloodless cheeks, the look of extreme gravitas, seems forbidding and austere, the abbot of an ascetic order, scion of an imperial family who has foresworn the world.
And we want to tell our readers about sharp, clever books, utterly lacking in gravitas, that we know will delight them on the beach or the bus.
Origin of gravitas
Gravitas is from the Latin gravitas, "heaviness, seriousness," from gravis, "heavy, serious."