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

  • See Pontius Pilate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the Roman procurator of Judea who ordered that Jesus be crucified (died in AD 36)


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  • If you are going to have a name that is so pretentious and all look-at-me-I-exercise as "Pontius Pilate", please learn to spell.

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  • 1“Behold the man” is, of course, the phrase that Pontius Pilate uses when he presents Jesus to the hostile crowd in the Bible John 19:5, though Yeats may not have intended so specific an identification.

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  • The chamber chorus's music resembles the hushed intimacy of chant, while the larger chorus - often representing crowds or characters such as Pontius Pilate - has a greater range of expression.

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  • David Bowie's film career hasn't exactly been illustrious, but he's carved out a niche for himself playing a range of odd characters such as Pontius Pilate, Nikola Tesla, Andy Warhol, a vampire and an alien.

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  • (Vienne on the Rhone), where a singular monument -- a pyramid on a quadrangular base, 52 feet high -- is called Pontius Pilate "s tomb, An other is that he sought to hide his sorrows on the mountain by the lake of Lucerne, now called Mount Pilatus; and there) after spending years in its recesses, in remorse and despair rather than penitence, plunged into the dismal lake which occupies its summit.

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  • Jesus Of Nazareth (1977)- This landmark six-hour mini-series tells the story of Jesus Christ (Robert Powell), from birth in Bethlehem to the Virgin Mary (Olivia Hussey) to death on the cross at Golgotha by order of Pontius Pilate (Rod Steiger), and its effect on his twelve apostles.

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  • Monty Python's "Life of Brian," for example, is delightfully silly, with its speech-impeded Pontius Pilate and his lisping friend.

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  • It's rather like the aliens who swoop down on Pontius Pilate's Jerusalem in Monty Python's Life of Brian to take Brian for a ride in their spaceship.

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  • Pontius Pilate would have been proud of Haley Barbour.

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  • Pontius Pilate had killed some people and mingled their blood in ungodly ceremonies.

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