pontificate VERB 1) express one's opinions in a pompous and dogmatic way. 2) (in the Roman Catholic Church) officiate as bishop, especially at Mass.
NOUN (also Pontificate) (in the Roman Catholic Church) the office or term of office of pope or bishop.
DERIVATIVES pontificator noun.

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  • Pontificate — Pon*tif i*cate, n. [L. pontificatus: cf. F. pontificat. See {Pontiff}.] 1. The state or dignity of a high priest; specifically, the office of the pope. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. The term of office of a pontiff. Milman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pontificate — Pon*tif i*cate, v. i. (R. C. Ch.) To perform the duty of a pontiff. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pontificate — (v.) 1818, to act as a pontiff, from pp. stem of M.L. pontificare, from L. pontifex (see PONTIFF (Cf. pontiff)). Meaning to assume pompous and dignified airs, issue dogmatic decrees is from 1825. Related: Pontificated; pontificating …   Etymology dictionary

  • pontificate — [v] sermonize address, admonish, dogmatize, evangelize, get on a soapbox*, give sermon, harangue, lecture, minister, moralize, preach, pulpiteer, teach; concepts 51,75,285,367 …   New thesaurus

  • pontificate — [pän tif′i kit, pän tif′ikāt΄; ] for v. [, pän tif′ikāt΄] n. [L pontificatus < pontifex: see PONTIFF] the office, or term of office, of a pontiff vi. pontificated, pontificating [< ML pontificatus, pp. of pontificare] 1. to officiate as a… …   English World dictionary

  • pontificate — pontificates, pontificating, pontificated (The verb is pronounced [[t]pɒntɪ̱fɪkeɪt[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]pɒntɪ̱fɪkət[/t]].) 1) VERB If someone pontificates about something, they state their opinions as if they are the only correct ones …   English dictionary

  • pontificate — v. (D; intr.) to pontificate on * * * [pɒn tɪfɪkeɪt] (D; intr.) to pontificate on …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pontificate — pon|tif|i|cate1 [pɔnˈtıfıkeıt US pa:n ] v to give your opinion about something in a way that shows you think you are always right pontificate about/on ▪ Politicians are always pontificating about education. pontificate 2 pon|tif|i|cate2… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pontificate — I UK [pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪt] / US [pɑnˈtɪfɪˌkeɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms pontificate : present tense I/you/we/they pontificate he/she/it pontificates present participle pontificating past tense pontificated past participle pontificated formal to… …   English dictionary

  • pontificate — n. /pon tif i kit, kayt /; v. /pon tif i kayt /, n., v., pontificated, pontificating. n. 1. the office or term of office of a pontiff. v.i. 2. to perform the office or duties of a pontiff. 3. to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner: Did he… …   Universalium

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