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Monday, March 15, 2010

Definitions for gravitas

  1. High seriousness (as in a person's bearing or in the treatment of a subject).

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Citations for gravitas
At first sight the tall, stooped figure with the hawk-like features and bloodless cheeks, the look of extreme gravitas, seems forbidding and austere, the abbot of an ascetic order, scion of an imperial family who has foresworn the world. John Lehmann, New York Times
And we want to tell our readers about sharp, clever books, utterly lacking in gravitas, that we know will delight them on the beach or the bus. Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic
Origin of gravitas
Gravitas is from the Latin gravitas, "heaviness, seriousness," from gravis, "heavy, serious."