pontifical


1pon·tif·i·cal

noun \pän-ˈti-fi-kəl\

Definition of PONTIFICAL

1
:  episcopal attire; specifically :  the insignia of the episcopal order worn by a prelate when celebrating a pontifical mass —usually used in plural
2
:  a book containing the forms for sacraments and rites performed by a bishop

Origin of PONTIFICAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin pontificale, from neuter of pontificalis
First Known Use: 14th century

2pontifical

adjective

: of, relating to, or coming from a pope

Full Definition of PONTIFICAL

1
a :  of or relating to a pontiff or pontifex
b :  celebrated by a prelate of episcopal rank with distinctive ceremonies <pontifical mass>
2
:  pompous
3
:  pretentiously dogmatic
pon·tif·i·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PONTIFICAL

  1. <a theater critic known for his pontifical pronouncements on what is or is not worth seeing>

Origin of PONTIFICAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pontificalis, from pontific-, pontifex
First Known Use: 15th century

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