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pontifical

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noun pon·tif·i·cal \pän-ˈti-fi-kəl\

Definition of pontifical

  1. 1 :  episcopal attire; specifically :  the insignia of the episcopal order worn by a prelate when celebrating a pontifical mass —usually used in plural

  2. 2 :  a book containing the forms for sacraments and rites performed by a bishop

Origin and Etymology of pontifical

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin pontificale, from neuter of pontificalis


First Known Use: 14th century


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pontifical

adjective pon·tif·i·cal

Definition of pontifical

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to a pontiff or pontifex b :  celebrated by a prelate of episcopal rank with distinctive ceremonies <pontifical mass>

  2. 2 :  pompous

  3. 3 :  pretentiously dogmatic

pontifically

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Examples of pontifical in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of pontifical

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pontificalis, from pontific-, pontifex


First Known Use: 15th century


PONTIFICAL Defined for English Language Learners


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pontifical

adjective pon·tif·i·cal

Definition of pontifical for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or coming from a pope


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