a.1.Of or pertaining to the pontiff or pope.
n.1.One who adheres to the pope or papacy; a papist.
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(24) Burton compared the modesty of the ancient Fathers to the grasping ambition of the contemporary ecclesiastics who took part in the Council of Trent; he refers to them by the derogatory name "Pontificians," probably in order to highlight their similarity to the pope.