• WordNet 3.6
    • n pontifex a member of the highest council of priests in ancient Rome
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pontifex A high priest; a pontiff.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pontifex In Roman antiquity, a member of the principal college of priests who was not assigned to the service of any particular god, but performed general functions of the state religion. The chief of the pontifices was styled pontifex maximus, and was ex officio the highest religious authority in the state.
    • n pontifex Eccles., a bishop; specifically, the Pope.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

From the Pontifex Maximus?
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Caesar was at the time, let us note, the head of the Roman religion, pontifex maximus.
"The Religious Experience of the Roman People" by W. Warde Fowler
Pontifex may also be the latinized form of Pope or Bishop.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Theobald Pontifex existed in those days, and more than one Ernest Pontifex emerged from them.
"Science and Morals and Other Essays" by Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
The life would be like heaven after her present drudgery in finishing the Misses Pontifex, who were stupid and supercilious.
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon
In 21 B.C., on the death of Lepidus, he had the high title of Pontifex Maximus bestowed on him.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
The popular assembly remitted the fine, but Flaccus was ordered to obey the pontifex maximus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Compare the Roman Emperor becoming Pontifex Maximus.
"Boon, The Mind of the Race, The Wild Asses of the Devil, and The Last Trump;" by Herbert George Wells
He was consul four times (237, 224, 212, 209), censor (231) pontifex maximus (216), praetor urbanus (215).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
Had the Pontifex Maximus been in Rome, it would have been his duty to take a chief part in the ceremony.
"Jovinian" by W.H.G. Kingston

In news:

His handle, @Pontifex, has been untouched until today.
We shall see on Wednesday, when he promises to deliver his first tweet on @pontifex.
Pope Benedict now @Pontifex on Twitter.
Pope Benedict 's new handle on Twitter will be @pontifex, beating out other contenders that had been considered to showcase the thoughts of one of the world's most visible leaders.
Pope Benedict XVI Joins Twitter as @Pontifex.
The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Benedict XVI will start tweeting in six languages from his own personal handle @Pontifex, on Dec 12.
Using the handle Pontifex, the pontiff will tweet in eight languages starting Dec 12.
The Pope's Twitter handle is @Pontifex.
Pope Benedict sent his first tweet using his handle @pontifex.
Pope joins tweeting masses with Pontifex handle .
Pontiff will tweet in 8 languages beginning Wednesday using Pontifex handle.
The pontiff will tweet in eight languages using the handle (at)Pontifex.
Pope Benedict XVI will start tweeting in six languages from his own personal handle (at)Pontifex on Dec 12.
Pope to start tweeting Dec 12 as @pontifex.
Pope 's Twitter handle @Pontifex.