Definitions for pontificatepɒnˈtɪf ɪˌkeɪt; -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pon•tif•i•catepɒnˈtɪf ɪˌkeɪt; -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt(v.; n.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing

  1. (v.i.)to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner.

  2. to discharge the duties of a pontiff.

    Category: Religion

  3. (n.)the office or term of office of a pontiff.

    Category: Religion

Origin of pontificate:

1575–85; (n.) < L pontificātus; see pontifex , -ate3; (v.) < ML pontificātus, ptp. of pontificāre to be an ecclesiastic; see -ate1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. papacy, pontificate(verb)

    the government of the Roman Catholic Church

  2. pontificate(verb)

    administer a pontifical office

  3. pontificate(verb)

    talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner

    "The new professor always pontificates"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pontificate(noun)

    the state or dignity of a high priest; specifically, the office of the pope

  2. Pontificate(noun)

    the term of office of a pontiff

  3. Pontificate(verb)

    to perform the duty of a pontiff


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