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grav-
heavy

weighty

serious
gravid
n.
pregnant or enlarged with something.

a writer may be gravid with ideas as she sits to write

a speaker may make a gravid pause before announcing his remarkable findings

a cloud may be gravid with rain
gravitas
n.
great or very dignified seriousness

solemn dignity
gravitate
v.
to move or be drawn toward something especially by natural tendency or as if by an invisible force
gravity
noun
weighty importance, seriousness, or dignity
lev-
levis- light

levare- to raise or lighten
alleviate
verb
to lighten, lessen, or relieve, especially physical or mental suffering

To alleviate is NOT to cure.
leavening
noun
something that lightens and raises; something that modifies, eases, or animates

Young children may provide the leavening at a family reunion

a cheerfrul receptionist may be the leavening in an otherwise dull office
levity
n.
Frivolity, lack of appropriate seriousness.
ag-
do, go

lead, drive
agitate
verb
1. To move something with an irregular, rapid, violent action

2. To stir up or excite (anxious; unpleasantly aroused)
prodigal
adj.
recklessly or wastefully extravagant; spendthrift
lit-
lawsuit
litigare
to drive a lawsuit (Latin)
prodigere
to squander (Latin)
syn-
together (latin)
ven-
venire = come
vent-
venire = come
advent
noun
a coming or arrival; a coming into use
ad-
to or toward
provenance
noun
origin or source, esp. objects of art
venturesome
adj.
inclined to seek out risk or danger; bold; daring; adventurous