great pith and moment

great pith and moment

High importance. A: "Making a speech at your college graduation is an occasion of great pith and moment." B: "I know, and I'm so honored that the committee chose me." Getting engaged is a decision of great pith and moment—do not take it lightly.
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The folly of Hain, Hattie and that Wendy woman (I really must find out what she does in Scotland) is not of great pith and moment, though that will not stop me from taking the pith.
The idea of rebuilding it in the 20th century was, in the words of Hamlet, an enterprise of great pith and moment.
In stating at the outset how he will attend to this part of his task, Massing is ambitious, invoking phrases of great pith and moment, the semantics of translations, or the dichotomy of what he calls the signified and the signifiers in the relationship between the Greek text of Lucian and the different translations, or the surprises of the genesis of the genre of the emblems, and then at the end, using the same unguarded metaphor, the surprising results of his study.
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