V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: seriousness in behavior, demeanor, and attitude

Synonyms: seriousness, formality, solemnity, gravity

Antonyms: lightheartedness, levity

Tips: Gravitas is related to the word gravity, "seriousness." While gravity refers to the seriousness of a situation, gravitas is a rather formal term, which refers to seriousness in behavior or attitude of a person. If a person has gravitas--seriousness in behavior and attitude--he or she usually garners (builds, acquires) respect from this seriousness.

Usage Examples:

The CEO was known for his gravitas and very few people joked with him at the office. (seriousness, professionalism)

Companies in the 21st century are more casual and have less office gravitas. (formality)

It's funny to observe the gravitas of business professionals who are about to enter into contentious negotiations. (seriousness, formality, professionalism)

To be an effective executive, you have to possess at least a little gravitas to command the respect of your employees. (seriousness, formality)

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