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1. Relating to, characteristic of, or suitable for a pontiff.
2. Pompously dogmatic or self-important; pretentious.
1. pontificals The vestments and insignia of a bishop.
2. A book of forms for ceremonies performed by a bishop.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pontificālis, of a pontifex, from pontifex, pontific-, pontifex; see pontifex.]

pon·tif′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of a pontiff, the pope, or a bishop
2. having an excessively authoritative manner; pompous
(Ecclesiastical Terms) RC Church Church of England a book containing the prayers and ritual instructions for ceremonies restricted to a bishop
ponˈtifically adv


(pɒnˈtɪf ɪ kəl)

1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a pontiff; papal.
2. pompous, dogmatic, or pretentious.
3. pontificals, the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff, esp. a bishop.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
pon•tif′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pontifical - the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff (especially a bishop)
vestment - gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy
Adj.1.pontifical - proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles; "papal dispensation"
2.pontifical - denoting or governed by or relating to a bishop or bishops
3.pontifical - puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek
pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"


adjective papal, ecclesiastical, apostolic, prelatic An all-embracing Church, with full pontifical authority, is his ideal.


[pɒnˈtɪfɪkəl] ADJpontificio, pontifical (fig) → dogmático, autoritario


(lit)pontifikal; (= papal)päpstlich; pontifical robesPontifikalien pl; (of pope)päpstliche Gewänder pl; pontifical dutiesPontifikalien pl; (of pope)päpstliche Pflichten pl; pontifical officePontifikat nt


[pɒnˈtɪfɪkl] adjpontificio/a (pej) (speech, gesture, manner) → pontificante
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