[n. pon-tif-i-kit, -keyt; v. pon-tif-i-keyt]
the office or term of office of a pontiff.
verb (used without object), pontificated, pontificating.
to perform the office or duties of a pontiff.
to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner: Did he pontificate about the responsibilities of a good citizen?
to serve as a bishop, especially in a Pontifical Mass.

1575–85; (noun) < Latin pontificātus; see pontifical, -ate3; (v.) < Medieval Latin pontificātus past participle of pontificāre to be an ecclesiastic; see -ate1

pontification, noun
pontificator, noun
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1.  Also (less commonly): pontify to speak or behave in a pompous or dogmatic manner
2.  to serve or officiate as a pontiff, esp in celebrating a Pontifical Mass
3.  the office or term of office of a pontiff, now usually the pope

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Word Origin & History

1818, "to act as a pontiff," from pp. stem of M.L. pontificare, from L. pontifex (see pontiff). Meaning "to assume pompous and dignified airs, issue dogmatic decrees" is from 1825.
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Example sentences
Leo and Hilarius, and succeeded the latter in the pontificate in 497.
He gave Abdullah a 16th century print and a gold medal of his pontificate.
John Paul's pontificate was the third-longest in history.
Maybe he's just a short man who needs to pontificate.
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