[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
Science and science journals are no places for such pontification.
Please get an education before you engage in pontification.
It's brave to write an essay on this topic, which inspires so much
  pontification and bloviation.
But when your ideals cross the line from practice to pontification, you've gone
  too far.
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