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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 18th August 2022
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gravitas (noun) GRAV-i-tas

Seriousness of behaviour, weight, importance.

Not to mention good old Sir Ben Kingsley, whose patronage of the fourth Salford Film Festival ought to give it the gravitas that added support from "EastEnders star" Stephen Lord just couldn't manage all by itself.

Andrea Hubert, The Guardian, 24 November 2007. Guardian

Mr Brown believes his gravitas will be a welcome change from Mr Blair's breeziness, and a contrast to David Cameron's bonhomie, which he thinks is a mask over policy-making vacuity.

Leading article, The Observer, 13 May 2007. The Observer

No sooner had the Fashion Week tents come down in Bryant Park than gravitas (of a sort) returned to the city, ushered in by motorcades ferrying visiting dignitaries between the U.N. and various East Side cocktail parties.

Ben McGrath, The New Yorker, 4 October 2004. The New Yorker

Early on, Mrs. Clinton had doubts about several young aides, including George Stephanopoulos and Dee Dee Myers, the press secretary, because she thought “the kids” lacked the experience and gravitas their workplace demanded, a senior Clinton White House official said.

Mark Leibovich, The New York Times, 26 October 2007.
New York Times

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