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The office or term of office of a pontiff.
intr.v. (-kāt′) pon·tif·i·cat·ed, pon·tif·i·cat·ing, pon·tif·i·cates
1. To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way.
2. To administer the office of a pontiff.
[Latin pontificātus, from pontifex, pontific-, pontifex; see pontifex. V., from Medieval Latin pontificāre, pontificāt-, to act as an ecclesiastic, from Latin pontifex.]
1. to speak or behave in a pompous or dogmatic manner. Also (less commonly): pontify
2. (Roman Catholic Church) to serve or officiate as a pontiff, esp in celebrating a Pontifical Mass
(Roman Catholic Church) the office or term of office of a pontiff, now usually the pope
pon•tif•i•cate(v. pɒnˈtɪf ɪˌkeɪt; n. -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt)
v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing,
1. to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner.
2. to discharge the duties of a pontiff.n.
3. the office or term of office of a pontiff.
Past participle: pontificated
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|Noun||1.||pontificate - the government of the Roman Catholic Church|
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
|Verb||1.||pontificate - administer a pontifical office|
|2.||pontificate - talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner; "The new professor always pontificates"|