gravitas

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

noun

seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech.

Nearby words

  1. graving dock,
  2. graving piece,
  3. graviperception,
  4. gravireceptor,
  5. gravisphere,
  6. gravitate,
  7. gravitation,
  8. gravitational,
  9. gravitational collapse,
  10. gravitational constant

Origin of gravitas

1920–25; < Latin gravitās; see gravity

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British Dictionary definitions for gravitas

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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