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gravitas

grav·i·tas

gravitas

pronunciation:
graev ih tas [or] graev ih taes
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sense of great seriousness or weightiness.
The speech had the necessary gravitas to convince the panel of the need for immediate action.
definition 2: believable seriousness in manner or speech.
Many members of his party believed he lacked gravitas and would not be taken seriously as a candidate for president.The show's director asked that the doctor's lines be said with more gravitas.
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The word gravitas contains the following part:
grav Latin root that means heavy