Word of the DayTuesday, December 04, 2012
\pon-TIF-i-keyt\ , verb;
To speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner.
To perform the office or duties of a pontiff.
To serve as a bishop, especially in a Pontifical Mass.
The office or term of office of a pontiff.
His image is to appear as the guardian of robust morality as opposed to the business world, and he is invited pretty regularly to pontificate on television.
-- Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The teacher's vanity and desire to pontificate had, he was vaguely aware, got the better of him.
-- Michael Antony, The Apocalypse Syndrome
Originating from the Latin pontificatus, meaning 'to speak in the manner of a pontiff,' pontificate fell into common usage in 1825.
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