pontiff

(redirected from supreme pontiffs)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

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.]

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]

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]
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"
Translations
قَداسَة البابا
biskuppapež
pave
pápa: Róma püspöke
biskup; páfi
popiežius
bīskapspāvests

pontiff

[ˈpɒntɪf] Npontífice m

pontiff

[ˈpɒntɪf] npontife m

pontiff

nPontifex m; (= pope also)Papst m

pontiff

[ˈpɒntɪf] npontefice m

pontiff

(ˈpontif) noun
(in the Roman Catholic church) a bishop, especially the Pope.
References in periodicals archive ?
Here's Frattini holding forth: "From the eighth century on the Supreme Pontiffs sought primacy and universal jurisdiction for their pronouncements [assertion], until with the creation of Vatican Radio in 1931 they gained uninterrupted contact with the world which made the desire a reality [a brick is not proof].
Our spies told us: "Cormac first made his name with the Supreme Pontiffs on the PK Tonight show and has worked on numerous programmes since.
To Bossuet it seems clear that the universal Church which can survive corruption, malfeasance and stupidity in its supreme pontiffs can and does also survive errors made by the pontiffs in the exercise of their teaching office.