But Bibi didn't come to the “eternal city” just to preach to the pontifex about the persecution of Jews in Medieval Spain.
My dear pontifex, you have already offered a strawberry festival which Mrs. Rossmore has been unable to accept.
The hat started; pontifex drew a stranger; so did Mansfield.
You know my influence with the Emperors and with the pontifex of Vesta.
pontifex received them all with serene affability and good breeding.
He approached the Pope, removed the berretto, knelt and kissed the ruby cross on the shoe of the pontifex Maximus.
Soon the beans were rattling in the hat of the pontifex, and, mirabile!
A punster might have entitled him pontifex Maximus; but this would have been still worse for his reputation.
One of the judices rejected by Verres on his trial, a pontifex and augur.
Under the emperors the head of the government eo ipso was also pontifex Maximus.
member of the supreme college of priests in ancient Rome, 1570s, from Latin pontifex "high priest, chief of the priests," probably from pont-, stem of pons "bridge" (see pons) + -fex, -ficis, root of facere "make" (see factitious). If so, the word originally meant "bridge-maker," or "path-maker."
Weekley points out that, "bridge-building has always been regarded as a pious work of divine inspiration." Or the term may be metaphoric of bridging the earthly world and the realm of the gods. Other suggestions trace it to Oscan-Umbrian puntis "propitiary offering," or to a lost Etruscan word, in either case altered by folk etymology to resemble the Latin for "bridge-maker." In Old English, pontifex is glossed in the Durham Ritual (Old Northumbrian dialect) as brycgwyrcende "bridge-maker."