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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 un-pontifical

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 un-pontifical

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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