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pontificate

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noun pon·tif·i·cate \pän-ˈti-fi-kət, -ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of pontificate

  • : the position of a pope

  • : the period of time during which a particular person is pope

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pontificate

  1. :  the state, office, or term of office of a pontiff

Examples of pontificate in a sentence

  1. He was elected to the pontificate last year.

  2. during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II



Origin and Etymology of pontificate

Middle English, from Latin pontificatus, from pontific-, pontifex


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


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pontificate

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verb pon·tif·i·cate \pän-ˈti-fə-ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of pontificate

  • : to speak or express your opinion about something in a way that shows that you think you are always right

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pontificate

pontificated

pontificating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to officiate as a pontiff b :  to celebrate pontifical mass

  3. 2 :  to speak or express opinions in a pompous or dogmatic way

pontification

play \(ˌ)pän-ˌti-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

pontificator

play \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of pontificate in a sentence

  1. We had to listen to her pontificate about the best way to raise children.



Did You Know?

In ancient Rome, the pontifices were powerful priests who administered the part of civil law that regulated relationships with the deities recognized by the state. Their name, pontifex, derives from the Latin words pons, meaning "bridge," and facere, meaning "to make," and some think it may have developed because the group was associated with a sacred bridge over the river Tiber (although there is no proof of that). With the rise of Catholicism, the title "pontifex" was transferred to the Pope and to Catholic bishops. Pontificate derives from "pontifex," and in its earliest English uses it referred to things associated with such prelates. By the early 1800s, "pontificate" was also being used derisively for individuals who spoke as if they had the authority of an ecclesiastic.

Origin and Etymology of pontificate

Medieval Latin pontificatus, past participle of pontificare, from Latin pontific-, pontifex


First Known Use: 1818

Other Christian Religious Terms


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