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Pilate

[pahy-luh t] /ˈpaɪ lət/
noun
1.
Pontius
[pon-shuh s,, -tee-uh s] /ˈpɒn ʃəs,, -ti əs/ (Show IPA),
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.
Can be confused
Pilate, pilot.
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Pilate

/ˈpaɪlət/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for Pilate
Pilate
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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