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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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

pontiff

(ˈpontif) noun
(in the Roman Catholic church) a bishop, especially the Pope.
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References in periodicals archive ?
"To gain a plenary indulgence, in addition to excluding all attachment to sin, even venial sin, it is necessary to perform the indulgenced work and fulfill the following three conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.
The Jesuit order served the Pope as missionaries, and they were bound by a vow of special obedience to the sovereign pontiff in regard to the missions.
This is the first visit to the Parliament by a sovereign pontiff in 26 years.
Francis I is also the first Jesuit to become sovereign pontiff. Before him, one has to go back to 1492 and to the famous Alexander VI-the father of Cesar and Lucrece Borgia-to find a pope of Spanish mother tongue.
On the hour he formally loses his powers as sovereign pontiff, the liveried Swiss Guard that traditionally protects popes will leave the residence.