pontificality

noun

pon·​tif·​i·​cal·​i·​ty
(ˌ)pän‧ˌtifəˈkalətē,
-ətē,
-i
plural -es
1
a
: the state, office, dignity, or rule of a pontiff
b(1)
: pope
(2)
: papacy
2
: extreme or exaggerated dignity : pompousness
the pontificality of a second-rate diplomat

Word History

Etymology

Middle French pontificalité, from pontifical (from Latin pontificalis) + -ité -ity

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“Pontificality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pontificality. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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