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pontifex

play
noun, pon·ti·fex \ˈpän-tə-ˌfeks\

Definition of pontifex

plural pontifices play \pän-ˈti-fə-ˌsēz\

  1. :  a member of the council of priests in ancient Rome



Origin of pontifex

Latin pontific-, pontifex, from pont-, pons bridge + facere to make — more at find, do


First Known Use: circa 1580


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