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pontifical

[pon-tif-i-kuh l] /pɒnˈtɪf ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a pontiff; papal.
2.
pompous, dogmatic, or pretentious:
to resent someone's pontifical manner.
noun
3.
(in the Western Church) a book containing the forms for the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies to be performed by bishops.
4.
pontificals, the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff, especially a bishop.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin pontificālis, equivalent to pontific- (stem of pontifex) pontifex + -ālis -al1
Related forms
pontifically, adverb
unpontifical, adjective
unpontifically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pontifically

pontifical

/pɒnˈtɪfɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a pontiff, the pope, or a bishop
2.
having an excessively authoritative manner; pompous
noun
3.
(RC Church, Church of England) a book containing the prayers and ritual instructions for ceremonies restricted to a bishop
See also pontificals
Derived Forms
pontifically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pontifically

pontifical

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French pontifical and directly from Latin pontificalis "of or pertaining to the high priest," from pontifex (see pontifex). Hence pontificalia "trappings of a bishop."

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