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n. pl. pon·tif·i·ces (pŏn-tĭf′ĭ-sēz′)
A man on the highest council of priests in ancient Rome.
[Latin; see pent- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
n, pl pontifices (pɒnˈtɪfɪˌsiːz)
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) any of the senior members of the Pontifical College, presided over by the Pontifex Maximus
[C16: from Latin, perhaps from Etruscan but influenced by folk etymology as if meaning literally: bridge-maker, from pons bridge + -fex from facere to make]
n., pl. pon•tif•i•ces (pɒnˈtɪf əˌsiz)
a member of the highest body of priests in ancient Rome.
[1570–80; < Latin: appar. literally, path-maker =ponti-, comb. form of pōns bridge, probably orig., path + -fex -fex]
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|Noun||1.||pontifex - a member of the highest council of priests in ancient Rome|
capital of Italy, Eternal City, Italian capital, Rome, Roma - capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
antiquity - the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe