American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Substance; weightiness: a frivolous biography that lacks the gravitas of its subject.
- n. A serious or dignified demeanor: "Our national father figure needs gravitas, [but] he's pitched himself as the kid brother” ( John Leo).
- n. formality in bearing and appearance
- From Latin gravitās ("weight, heaviness") (Wiktionary)
- Latin gravitās, heaviness, seriousness; see gravity. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He had accumulated an air of standing, toting around great sacks of what they call gravitas.”
“One man's "gravitas" is a good many more people's "aloof toff" in my opinion.”
“Just as the Halloween sequels have been given a certain gravitas by the continuing appearances of Donald Pleasence, the Saw series have always used to the compelling presence of Mr. Bell to give it a certain edge.”
“Convention dictates that one must have a lot of microbes (sorry) buzzing around doing all sorts of micro-work; it emerges when an organization gets to a certain size and starts believing that it needs microbes because it is now "big" and must have girth (only they call it "gravitas").”
“I think Clinton would bring a certain gravitas as a former President that no other candidate could possible bring to the table.”
“I think Clinton would bring a certain gravitas as a former President that no other candidate could possible bring to thetable.”
“Too bad Mr. Davis passes away, he brings a certain gravitas to the role that balances out O'Neill's sarcastic demeanor.”
“Michael Rennie brought a certain gravitas to the role of Klaatu, while Keannu is quite likely the most wooden actor of the last 20 years.”
“White marble with swirly gold lettering; angels, roses, birds, words on garlands of ribbon, even a salutary little skull and scythe .. 'and visiting that very grave with equal regularity and gravitas is bachelor farmer Benny who is mourning the loss of his parents.”
“Your self-created gravitas is crushing your giant ego, which is crushing your sense of humor.”
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