2017年3月12日 星期日

gravitas, gravitate, a perennially sore point, misappropriation, arid ‘appropriations’ of motifs


He added: “Here the wearisome traits of much contemporary art, its honking rhetoric, its unconvincing urgency, its arid ‘appropriations’ of motifs, are left at the door, and the slow-surfacing complexities of mature, articulate painting greet the eye.”



Kennedy later cut a forlorn figure, no longer in such great demand for television and regarded as someone who had been succeeded by a younger generation and yet was now not regarded as having the gravitas of a senior statesman. 





Germany’s Campaign Gravitates Toward Center
By ALISON SMALE
Germany’s inclination toward consensus could yield something nearly unfathomable anywhere else: a power-sharing pact between the parties of the left and right.



His speech was followed by polite questions from industry executives that only briefly touched upon a perennially sore point: whether the use of headlines and snippets of newspaper stories on Google News is “fair use” under copyright law or a misappropriation of newspaper content.


Chrome OS is also trying to redefine the idea of what a computer operating system should be. In a blog post Tuesday night, Google said the operating system would have the ability to boot up and let users get online in just seconds and new security features, addressing sore points for some users of PCs that run Microsoft Windows. Google is also betting customers will gravitate toward online software that requires an Internet connection, as opposed to conventional PC programs that are downloaded and installed.

perennial (TIME)
adjective
lasting a very long time, or happening repeatedly or all the time:
The film 'White Christmas' is a perennial favourite.
We face the perennial problem of not having enough money.
Compare annual (EVERY YEAR); biennial.

perennially
adverb
She seems to be perennially short of money.

Idioms: sore point, a
A sensitive or annoying issue, as in Don't mention diets to Elsie; it's a sore point with her. This idiom was first recorded as a sore place in 1690.



gravitate

Pronunciation: /ˈgravɪteɪt/
Translate gravitate | into French | into Italian | into Spanish

verb

[no object, with adverbial]
  • move towards or be attracted to a person or thing:young western Europeans will gravitate to Berlin
  • 2 Physics move, or tend to move, towards a centre of gravity or other attractive force: the electron does not gravitate towards the nucleus
  • archaic descend or sink by the force of gravity: water does not gravitate on any part of itself beneath it

Origin:

mid 17th century: from modern Latin gravitat-, from the verb gravitare, from Latin gravitas 'weight'


gravitas


Line breaks: grav|itas
Pronunciation: /ˈɡravɪtas/
 /ˈɡravɪtɑːs/


Definition of gravitas in English:

noun

[MASS NOUN]
Dignityseriousness, or solemnity of manner:a post for which he has the expertise and the gravitas

Origin

Latin, from gravis 'serious'.



misappropriate 
verb [T] FORMAL
to steal something that you have been trusted to take care of and use it for your own benefit:
He is accused of misappropriating $30 000 to pay off gambling debts.

misappropriation 
noun [U] FORMAL
He was charged with forgery, embezzlement and misappropriation of union funds.

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