Definition of gravitas in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡravəˌtäs/ /ˈɡrævəˌtɑs/

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  • Dignity, seriousness, or solemnity of manner.

    ‘a post for which he has the expertise and the gravitas’
    • ‘How then to satisfy a general visitor and yet still endow each object with the dignity and gravitas demanded by its place in our heritage?’
    • ‘She spoke with gravitas about the serious thought and hard work that had gone into making this Easter bonnet parade the event it was.’
    • ‘Strong Saturnian types exude gravitas and take life seriously.’
    • ‘Perhaps his tone is not quite what it was, but he imbued the role with immense gravitas and dignity.’
    • ‘This serious work is given the required sense of space and gravitas in a fine performance.’
    • ‘There are some who say that blogs lack gravitas, that there is no quality writing, that the analyses are hurried and ill-considered.’
    • ‘He doesn't possess the personal gravitas to speak convincingly of great political ideals.’
    • ‘A little later came the proconsuls, men of imperial gravitas, stately courtesy and crisp, regulation haircuts.’
    • ‘To some extent its gravitas derives from the collective deeds, actions, knowledge and experience of its members over the years.’
    • ‘Many see this as the key to the Times maintaining its integrity, credibility, and gravitas.’
    • ‘I was going to say that gravitas is a quality that I think that journalists worry about and care about.’
    • ‘It has the magic property of always being cooler than the surrounding atmosphere, which gives it a sense of mordant gravitas and wisdom.’
    • ‘With an eye on longevity, the book is written entirely in the past tense, which also helps give it an impressive and immediate air of gravitas.’
    • ‘His great form, so flat and irresistible, along with those of the sofa and the desk, has all the weight and gravitas of a Florentine fresco.’
    • ‘This is a well written, well structured piece of writing, given added gravitas by its background of being a resignation letter.’
    • ‘And the hint is strong that she is the one with sufficient gravitas.’
    • ‘For now, though, the beard is strictly for purposes of gravitas.’
    • ‘It's good to see them treating the story with suitable gravitas.’
    • ‘Age is no barrier; it can be a disadvantage in the world of employment but gives a self-employed person gravitas.’
    • ‘The bank economist presented well and confidently and it must be said with some authority and gravitas.’
    dignity, seriousness, solemnity, gravity, loftiness, grandeur, decorum, sobriety, sedateness
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Latin, from gravis ‘serious’.