from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The office or term of office of a pontiff.
- intransitive v. To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way.
- intransitive v. To administer the office of a pontiff.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state or term of office of a pontiff or pontifex.
- v. To preside as a bishop, especially at mass.
- v. To act like a pontiff; to express one’s position or opinions dogmatically and pompously as if they were absolutely correct.
- v. To speak in a patronizing, supercilious or pompous manner, especially at length.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or dignity of a high priest; specifically, the office of the pope.
- n. The term of office of a pontiff.
- intransitive v. To perform the duty of a pontiff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office or dignity of a pontiff, high priest, or pope.
- n. The time during which a pontifical office is held by any given incumbent.
- To act officially as pontiff or bishop; especially, to say pontifical mass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner
- v. administer a pontifical office
- n. the government of the Roman Catholic Church
Latin pontificātus, from pontifex, pontific-, pontifex; see pontifex. V., from Medieval Latin pontificāre, pontificāt-, to act as an ecclesiastic, from Latin pontifex.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pontificatus, from pontifex ("high priest"), from pons ("bridge") + facere ("make"). (Wiktionary)
From the past participle stem of mediaeval Latin pontificare ("pontificate"), from Latin pontifex ("high priest"), from pons ("bridge") + facere ("make"). (Wiktionary)