American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Pilate, Pontius fl. first century A.D. Roman prefect of Judea who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus.
- n. the Roman procurator of Judea who ordered that Jesus be crucified (died in AD 36)
- The surname is from Latin Pilatus ("armed with javelins"), from pilum ("javelin, pestle"), of unknown ultimate origin. (Wiktionary)
“Pilate is willing that it should take that right.”
“In vain Pilate struggled against the fate being thrust upon him by the priests.”
“Fourth, comparing Michael to Pontius Pilate is quite laughably wrong.”
“Pontius Pilate is being urged by civil libertarians to intervene in what is seen here in Rome as being basically a local dispute.”
“By the way, a great example of going cosmic is found in Pilate's interrogation of Jesus.”
“Even the existence of Pontius Pilate is contentious because nowhere is he referenced in the comprehensive, official, Roman literature at the time Jesus was said to have lived.”
“In this version, the Roman leader Pontius Pilate is depicted as being reluctant to harm Jesus, who Pilate's wife warns is holy.”
“Pilate stared at the Latin words on the pavement before him.”
“On our fortunate continent the spirit of Pontius Pilate is again telling us to wash our hands of the mess, and the Levites in our midst are urging us to pass by the people who need our help.”
“Pilate is here said to be the governor, president, or procurator, of Judea.”
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