seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech.
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How to use gravitas in a sentence
It was better, I’m sure, than I concluded that day, but the work relied too heavily, I recall thinking, on borrowed gravitas.Peter Sacks is one of the most compelling artists in America. But he didn’t find his voice until late in life. | Sebastian Smee | March 5, 2021 | Washington Post
His gravitas would presumably bore viewers to the truth, as he understood it.Restoring the Fairness Doctrine can’t prevent another Rush Limbaugh | Heather Hendershot | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
What is so appealing about a filter like this is that it allows art lovers to get up close and personal with the artwork, while preserving the gravitas of the work itself.Sotheby’s and Saatchi Art show augmented reality’s growing usefulness to art world | Erika Wheless | January 29, 2021 | Digiday
Kline picked a British-sounding name to add a dash of gravitas.Investors Extracted $400 Million From a Hospital Chain That Sometimes Couldn’t Pay for Medical Supplies or Gas for Ambulances | by Peter Elkind with Doris Burke | September 30, 2020 | ProPublica
Nigeria has a long history of not treating allegations of sexual and gender-based violence with the gravitas they merit.Nigeria has missed an opportunity to make its #MeToo moment stick | Shayera Dark | August 4, 2020 | Quartz
Larson, as usual, instills gravitas and agency in an otherwise underwritten character.
Nobody believes in the dignity and gravitas of American government.
Violation of gravitas is being taken ‘extremely seriously’ by army top brass, source says.Hunt To Identify Pirouetting 'Bearskin' Guardsman Who Shamed Army | Tom Sykes | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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. | Steve Almond | July 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Later in a statement, Moonves praised Letterman for “wit, gravitas, and brilliance unique in the history of our medium.”
The Roman's word in art, as in life, was still gravitas, and he contrived to infuse a shade of contempt into the word levis.Impressions And Comments | Havelock Ellis
Erat enim in illo viro comitate condita gravitas, nec senectus mores mutaverat.Cato Maior de Senectute | Marcus Tullius Cicero
Si vero inest in oratione mixta modestia gravitas, nihil admirabilius fieri potest, eoque magis, si ea sunt in adulescente.De Officiis | Marcus Tullius Cicero
British Dictionary definitions for gravitas
seriousness, solemnity, or importance
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