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Friday, 7 January 2011

And now for something completely....heavier

I was chastised, mildly but accurately, for the lightness of my last post, so this one will have some gravitas.

"Gravitas", as defined by Merriam-Webster:

Definition of GRAVITAS

: high seriousness (as in a person's bearing or in the treatment of a subject)

Examples of GRAVITAS

  1. The new leader has an air of gravitas that commands respect.
  2. a comic actress who lacks the gravitas for dramatic roles
  3. The new leader has a certain gravitas
According to the esteemed M-W, "gravitas" does not appear in the Thesaurus.
I am afraid that given the lack of similar words for "gravitas", I would have to write a fairly boring post, chock-full of the word "gravitas", thus alienating me from those who might, from time to time, find this blog enlightening or amusing.

I esteem myself well enough not to do that.  While it might not have a deleterious effect on you, as a reader, I myself would find it egregious.

In sincere sincerity, Lorna


  1. I also thought there was an antonym -- something like levitas -- but I can't find it. I hate it when that happens.

  2. I love your blog -- levity or gravitas! Just do what feels right for you -- that's what really counts!!!!

  3. I would not have described your photo as gravitas, but more like I am the queen and I will be attending the royal wedding coming up. I LOVE your scarf!