p. pilate


Pontius [pon-shuhs, -tee-uhs] , flourished early 1st century a.d, Roman procurator of Judea a.d. 26–36?: the final authority concerned in the condemnation and execution of Jesus Christ.
Pilate, pilot.
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Pilate (ˈpaɪlət)
Pontius (ˈpɒnʃəs, ˈpɒntɪəs). Roman procurator of Judaea (?26--?36 ad), who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus, allegedly against his better judgment

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c.1400 as a term of reproach, from the Roman surname, esp. that of Pontius, a governor of Judaea, from L. Pilatus, lit. "armed with javelins," from pilum "javelin" (see pile (2)).
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