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pon·tif·i·cal

 (pŏn-tĭf′ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Relating to, characteristic of, or suitable for a pontiff.
2. Pompously dogmatic or self-important; pretentious.
n.
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.
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pontifical

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

(pɒnˈtɪf ɪ kəl)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a pontiff; papal.
2. pompous, dogmatic, or pretentious.
n.
3. pontificals, the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff, esp. a bishop.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
pon•tif′i•cal•ly, adv.
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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"
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pontifical

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

pontifical

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

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

[pɒnˈtɪfɪkl] adjpontificio/a (pej) (speech, gesture, manner) → pontificante
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Countless are they who, born of mean parentage, have risen to the highest dignities, pontifical and imperial, and of the truth of this I could give thee instances enough to weary thee.
Claude assumed the majestic and pontifical attitude of a Samuel.
"I beg pardon--Ladies, Gentlemen, and Children--I must apologize, I had inadvertently omitted a considerable section of this audience" (tumult, during which the Professor stood with one hand raised and his enormous head nodding sympathetically, as if he were bestowing a pontifical blessing upon the crowd), "I have been selected to move a vote of thanks to Mr.
Saxon Bruno, stoop, Whilst on thy back his Holiness ascends Saint Peter's chair and state pontifical.
Now had they brought the work by wondrous Art Pontifical, a ridge of pendent Rock Over the vext Abyss, following the track Of SATAN, to the selfsame place where hee First lighted from his Wing, and landed safe From out of CHAOS to the outside bare Of this round World: with Pinns of Adamant And Chains they made all fast, too fast they made And durable; and now in little space The Confines met of Empyrean Heav'n And of this World, and on the left hand Hell With long reach interpos'd; three sev'ral wayes In sight, to each of these three places led.
Ledoux, and that Bellegarde's acquaintance with him dated from the days when they served together in the Pontifical Zouaves.
"The fact is, that you have inspired not only the pontifical government, but also the neighboring states, with such extreme fear, that they are glad of all opportunity of making an example."
The effect had been more fitting because so many of them had idly parodied pontifical or monastic dress.
Flambeau suddenly flung off all his pontifical pretensions.
Two years after his priestly ordination in the Diocese of Badulla on 16 December 2000, he was sent to Rome where he obtained a doctorate in missiology from the Pontifical Urban University.
VATICAN CITY * Pope Francis has closed the pontifical commission that was responsible for the pastoral care of Catholics attached to the pre-Vatican II Mass, transferring the commission's tasks to a special section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.