noun grav·i·tas \ˈgra-və-ˌtäs, -ˌtas\

: a very serious quality or manner

Full Definition of GRAVITAS

:  high seriousness (as in a person's bearing or in the treatment of a subject)

Examples of GRAVITAS

  1. The new leader has an air of gravitas that commands respect.
  2. a comic actress who lacks the gravitas for dramatic roles
  3. The new leader has a certain gravitas.

Origin of GRAVITAS

First Known Use: 1869


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