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

1920–25; < Latin gravitās; see gravity
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Related Words for gravitas

sobriety, gravity, dignity, poise, solemnity, formality, austerity, will, grit

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British Dictionary definitions for gravitas


  1. seriousness, solemnity, or importance
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Word Origin for gravitas

C20: from Latin gravitās weight, from gravis heavy
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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.

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