:to speak or express opinions in a pompous or dogmatic way
- He does not pontificate about whether one ought to choose, if forced to it, to betray one's country rather than one's friends …
- —Robin W. Winks
- What these interviews generally come down to is an invitation to writers to pontificate upon things for which it is either unseemly for them to speak (the quality of their own work) or upon which they are unfit to judge (the state of the cosmos).
- —Joseph Epstein