gratis vs gratuitous : Common Errors in English

About gratis vs gratuitous

If you do something nice without being paid, you do it “gratis.” Technically, such a deed can also be “gratuitous"; but if you do or say something obnoxious and uncalled for, it’s always “gratuitous,” not “gratis.”

gratis Meaning(s)

  • (s) costing nothing
  • (r) without payment

gratuitous Meaning(s)

  • (s) unnecessary and unwarranted
  • (s) without cause
  • (s) costing nothing

gratis in News

  1. Xbox Live will offer two free games per month starting July, includes Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3

    Kicking off Microsoft's announcements, the company has said that Xbox Live will start offering free Xbox 360 games for its paying members, starting this July. In the run-up to the Xbox One's launch, you'll be able to pick up two titles each month, gratis -- if you're an Xbox Live Gold member. If it sounds familiar, it's because it sounds faintly similar to what Sony's PS Plus has offered its ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Engadget

  2. Fable 3 currently free on Xbox Marketplace

    Fable 3 , the game in the series we all tried to forget until something worse came along in Fable Heroes , is currently free on the Xbox Marketplace. It's still unclear if this is a bug, since the way you obtain it gratis is a little convoluted, or if this is some portent to today's Microsoft press conference . Here's how to get the game for free (which we've tested): You must be an Xbox Gold ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Joystiq

  3. Buzinga App Development Unveils Helpful App Developer Resources For Novices, Openly Offering Insider Expertise

    Expert smart device app company Buzinga Apps have announced their app developer resources program. Their knowledge is accessed by a gratis subscription where novices can learn about developing, marketing and monetising their inventions. (PRWeb June 09, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 9, 2013 Source: PRWeb

gratuitous in News

  1. Ars video: The most beautiful, surprising, and sexist things at E3

    Our end-of-E3 highlight reel ranges from great to gratuitous.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Ars Technica

  2. Michael Brown Accepted Bribe In Redskins Mug

    [Insert gratuitous "MUG SHOT" comment here] Photo Credit: @SegravesNBC4
    on June 11, 2013 Source: NBC Washington

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