gravitas

[ grav-i-tahs, ‐tas ]
/ ˈgræv ɪˌtɑs, ‐ˌtæs /

noun

seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech.

Origin of gravitas

1920–25; < Latin gravitās; see gravity
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gravitas

/ (ˈɡrævɪˌtæs) /

noun

seriousness, solemnity, or importance

Word Origin for gravitas

C20: from Latin gravitās weight, from gravis heavy
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Word Origin and History for gravitas

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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