Etymology
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gravitas (n.)

1924, usually in italics, from Latin gravitas "weight, heaviness;" figuratively, of persons, "dignity, presence, influence" (see gravity). A word wanted when gravity acquired a primarily scientific meaning.

updated on April 16, 2015

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Definitions of gravitas from WordNet

gravitas (n.)
formality in bearing and appearance;
Synonyms: dignity / lordliness
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