- seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech.
Origin of gravitas
Examples from the Web for gravitas
Nobody believes in the dignity and gravitas of American government.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
All the moralizing and gravitas that accompanies a star player being arrested should be viewed as a form of Kabuki theater.Hey NFL Fans: Ray Rice Isn’t the Problem. You Are.
July 24, 2014
Later in a statement, Moonves praised Letterman for “wit, gravitas, and brilliance unique in the history of our medium.”The King Abdicates From Late-Night Nation
April 4, 2014
But some presidents grow stronger rhetorically in the job as the gravitas of the office lends depth to their words.President Obama’s Belgian Waffle
March 27, 2014
Lee, an ex-BBC defense correspondent, says the couple do not have the "gravitas" to be anything other than celebrities.William and Kate Are Just Celebrities, And George Won't Ever Be King Says British Historian
January 23, 2014
- seriousness, solemnity, or importance
Word Origin and History for gravitas
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.