Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ



May 27, 2014
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

This week's words
reprehend
gravitas
languid
perfuse
noesis

The Anagram Times
Read it today

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

gravitas

PRONUNCIATION:
(GRAV-i-tas)

MEANING:
noun: Seriousness, dignity, or weightiness.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin gravis (serious). Earliest documented use: 1924.

USAGE:
"To some early critics, Mr. Büsser's playful choice lacked gravitas."
Victoria Gomelsky; Iconic Names for Iconic Watches; The New York Times; Feb 24, 2014.

See more usage examples of gravitas in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I cannot stress often enough that what science is all about is not proving things to be true but proving them to be false. -Lawrence M. Krauss, theoretical physicist (b. 1954)

A.Word.A.Day by email:

Subscribe

"The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace."

The New York Times

Sponsored by:

Give the Gift of Words

Share the magic of words. Send a gift subscription of A.Word.A.Day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail

Interact:

Bulletin board
Wordsmith Talk

Moderated Chat
Wordsmith Chat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith