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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 periodicals archive ?
The crowning glory of this city is the Palace of the Popes (palais-des-papes.com), the largest Gothic palace in Europe and the residence of the obscenely wealthy and gluttonous sovereign pontiffs during the 14th century.
"If, like all errors, Socialism contains a certain element of truth (and this the Sovereign Pontiffs have never denied), it is nevertheless founded upon a doctrine of human society peculiarly its own, which is opposed to true Christianity.
I'm afraid that two or three Sovereign Pontiffs will pass before it is definitively settled."