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pon·tiff

 (pŏn′tĭf)
n.
1.
a. The pope.
b. A bishop.
2. A pontifex.

[French pontife, from Old French pontif, from Latin pontifex, pontifex; see pent- in Indo-European roots.]
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pontiff

(ˈpɒntɪf)
n
(Roman Catholic Church) a former title of the pagan high priest at Rome, later used of popes and occasionally of other bishops, and now confined exclusively to the pope
[C17: from French pontife, from Latin pontifex]
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pon•tiff

(ˈpɒn tɪf)

n.
1.
a. the Roman Catholic pope; the Bishop of Rome.
b. a bishop.
3. any high or chief priest.
[1600–10; earlier pontife < French, short for Latin pontifex pontifex]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pontiff - the head of the Roman Catholic Churchpontiff - the head of the Roman Catholic Church
papacy, pontificate - the government of the Roman Catholic Church
spiritual leader - a leader in religious or sacred affairs
Catholic - a member of a Catholic church
antipope - someone who is elected pope in opposition to another person who is held to be canonically elected; "the antipopes resided in Avignon during the Great Schism"
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Translations
قَداسَة البابا
biskuppapež
pave
pápa: Róma püspöke
biskup; páfi
popiežius
bīskapspāvests

pontiff

[ˈpɒntɪf] Npontífice m
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pontiff

[ˈpɒntɪf] npontife m
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pontiff

nPontifex m; (= pope also)Papst m
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pontiff

[ˈpɒntɪf] npontefice m
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pontiff

(ˈpontif) noun
(in the Roman Catholic church) a bishop, especially the Pope.
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References in classic literature ?
The man who called himself Kalon was a magnificent creature, worthy, in a physical sense, to be the pontiff of Apollo.
An instant afterwards that pontiff, in his splendid sweeping draperies, had crossed the room in two great strides, and was towering over Joan Stacey, his blue eyes standing from his head.
resurrexit sicut dixit; alleluia!" The Pontiff, carrying in his
The autumn sun streamed down as brightly as ever, and the peaceful red path still wound in front of them through the rustling, yellow-tinted forest, Nature seemed to be too busy with her own concerns to heed the dignity of an outraged pontiff. Yet he felt a sense of weight and reproach within his breast, as though he had sinned himself in giving ear to such words.
Our predecessors on this earth thought, perhaps not without reason, that the priest, who prescribed what men should think, ought to be paramount; so the priest was king, pontiff, and judge in one, for in those days belief and faith were everything.
Therefore he took Father Brown up sharply whenever that proud pontiff tried to explain anything; and told him to answer yes or no, and tell the plain facts without any jesuitry.
Come, tell me, hast thou not seen a play acted in which kings, emperors, pontiffs, knights, ladies, and divers other personages were introduced?
Only can he be blamed for the election of Julius the Second, in whom he made a bad choice, because, as is said, not being able to elect a Pope to his own mind, he could have hindered any other from being elected Pope; and he ought never to have consented to the election of any cardinal whom he had injured or who had cause to fear him if they became pontiffs. For men injure either from fear or hatred.
David and other Filipino bishops recently met with the pontiff in Vatican for their "ad limina" visit.
In a statement after voting, the pontiff expressed his pleasure over participating in the referendum, saying that the amendments were carefully considered by the parliament.
Pope Francis called Sunday for tolerance and peace at a mass for thousands of Catholics during a rare visit by a pontiff to Morocco, after warning the faithful there against trying to convert others.
by Times News Service During his visit to the North African Kingdom of Morocco, the pontiff met with the members of the Catholic community and migrants.