from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Pilate, Pontius fl. first century A.D. Roman prefect of Judea who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus.

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  • proper n. Pontius Pilate, the man who, according to the Bible, ordered the crucifixion of Jesus

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  • 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)



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