- 1. weight, authority,
- Usage: Gravitas is the soupbone in the stew of television news.
- 2. The second-most important quality a newsman can possess.
Examples of Dr. Colbert's gravitas
"When the smoke cleared, both mugs were broken, and neither man could truly be called... World's Greatest Grandpa."
"Suddenly - and without warning - it became a real-life game... of Hungry Hungry Hippos."