American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The office or term of office of a pontiff.
- v. To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way.
- v. To administer the office of a pontiff.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office or dignity of a pontiff, high priest, or pope.
- n. The time during which a pontifical office is held by any given incumbent.
- To act officially as pontiff or bishop; especially, to say pontifical mass.
- n. The state or term of office of a pontiff or pontifex.
- v. intransitive To preside as a bishop, especially at mass.
- v. intransitive To act like a pontiff; to express one’s position or opinions dogmatically and pompously as if they were absolutely correct.
- v. intransitive To speak in a patronizing, supercilious or pompous manner, especially at length.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state or dignity of a high priest; specifically, the office of the pope.
- n. The term of office of a pontiff.
- v. (R. C. Ch.) To perform the duty of a pontiff.
- v. talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner
- v. administer a pontifical office
- n. the government of the Roman Catholic Church
- From the past participle stem of mediaeval Latin pontificare ("pontificate"), from Latin pontifex ("high priest"), from pons ("bridge") + facere ("make"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin pontificātus, from pontifex, pontific-, pontifex; see pontifex. V., from Medieval Latin pontificāre, pontificāt-, to act as an ecclesiastic, from Latin pontifex. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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