• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pontificality The state and government of the pope; the papacy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pontificality The state, dignity, and government of the Pope; the papacy.
    • n pontificality plural Same as pontifical, 2.
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  • Harold Evans
    Harold Evans
    “In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out. It is more elegant to pontificate than it is to sweat.”


In literature:

Each of the pontifical Gallants observ'd their Summons to a Moment.
"Zadig" by Voltaire
Expenditure, always charming, becomes under these circumstances a sacred and pontifical act.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Before him are borne the triple crown and other Pontifical ornaments.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
The year after this election he manages to make another journey to Rome to compliment his friend on his elevation to the pontifical chair.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
In social questions nothing is more worn out and useless than his pontifical socialism.
"The Arena" by Various
In this chief college is situated the pontifical and royal university of letters.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
The robe pontifical, the triple crown!
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
He must need have sandals, tunic, and all the rest of the robes, and add a pontifical blessing to the solemn celebration.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
A jewelled ring was part of the adornment of a bishop when arrayed in full pontificals.
"Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places" by Frederick William Fairholt
Given at Rome, at St. Peter's, on the 27th day of November, in the year 1885, in the eighth year of our Pontificate.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, February 1886" by Various

In poetry:

The abbot who filled the pontifical chair
In thirteen seventy-eight;
His adversaries he did not spare,
When fixed on his throne of state.
"Enigma XXXIV." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Not with more glee, by hands Pontific crown'd,
With scarlet hats wide-waving circled round,
Rome in her Capitol saw Querno sit,
Throned on seven hills, the Antichrist of wit.
"The Dunciad: Book II." by Alexander Pope
She used to hide my battered hats; my old birettas, too,
Just when I had them broken in, would disappear from view.
I wondered where my wardrobe went, until by chance I'd seen
A tramp in full pontificals subscribed by Josephine.
"Josephine" by John O Brien

In news:

(AP) — Nick Saban interrupted the breathless pontification about a weekend that jumbled the Southeastern Conference and national title races with a brief message.
A recent trend in opinion journalism has pundits and commentary writers pontificating on whether college education is overrated.
It's slice of life week here at Derek's column, when I pontificate about things that aren't long enough for a column.
An update on the Vatican's conference on sexual abuse to be held at the Pontifical Gregorian University in February, from AFP News.
Seminarians from the Pontifical North American College cheer their soccer team.
Details of faces—7th century fresco devotional fresco (The Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology).
Cardinal Walter Kasper, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has provided an irenic exegesis of the recent CDF Declaration that has been commented on in a post below.
I don't know about you, but I've tuned out the plethora of pontificating punditry polluting the airwaves these past several weeks.
Paolo Padrini, a consultant with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications, has launched a free iPad app to replace the Roman missal .
Rector, Pontifical North American College Monday, April 4, 2005.
Who doesn't like thinking and arguing, pontificating and theorizing, debating and discussing.
Pelosi's Preposterous Pontificating On the Ground Zero Mosque.
In today's Washington Post two world class moralizers and pontificators.
We've pontificated about the Aston Martin Vanquish .
Chiropractic representatives from around the globe attended the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers' Congress at the Vatican's Synod Hall, Feb 9-10.

In science:

Center for Telecommunication Studies, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, R.
Practical random number generation protocol for entanglement-based quantum key distribution