• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pontifical puffed up with vanity "a grandiloquent and boastful manner","overblown oratory","a pompous speech","pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek"
    • adj pontifical denoting or governed by or relating to a bishop or bishops
    • adj pontifical proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles "papal dispensation"
    • n pontifical the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff (especially a bishop)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pontifical A book containing the offices, or formulas, used by a pontiff.
    • Pontifical Of or pertaining to a pontiff, or high priest; as, pontifical authority; hence, belonging to the pope; papal.
    • Pontifical Of or pertaining to the building of bridges. "Now had they brought the work by wondrous art Pontifical , a ridge of pendent rock
      Over the vexed abyss."
    • Pontifical The dress and ornaments of a pontiff. "Dressed in full pontificals ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pontifical Of, belonging to, or befitting a pontiff or high priest.
    • pontifical Of or pertaining to a bishop.
    • pontifical Of or pertaining to the Pope of Rome; papal; popish.
    • n pontifical In liturgics, an office-book of the Western Church, containing the forms for the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies which can be performed only by a bishop (especially those for ordination, confirmation, and consecration of churches), the changes in the rubrics necessary when a bishop officiates, benedictions, and other forms, some of which can be used by priests who have received special commission from the bishop. Pontificals were probably first introduced in the eighth century. In the Anglican Church since the Reformation the office of confirmation is contained in the Book of Common Prayer, to which the ordinal also is united. In the Greek Church the offices for confirmation and ordination are included in the Euchologion.
    • n pontifical plural The insignia of a pontiff; the dress, ornaments, etc., of a bishop or pope, or, more loosely, those of a priest. See pontificalia.
    • n pontifical A kind of ouch in use in the sixteenth century.
    • pontifical Of or pertaining to bridge-building.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Pontifical of or belonging to a pontiff or to a bishop, esp. the pope: splendid: magnificent
    • n Pontifical an office-book of ecclesiastical ceremonies proper to a bishop
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pontificalis,: cf. F. pontifical,. See Pontiff
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pontife—L. pontifex, pontificispons, pont-is, a bridge, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

The Pontife Brothers, therefore, knew how to put in good and lasting work.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
When I speak of the Pontifical Government, I just mean the Papacy.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
The year after this election he manages to make another journey to Rome to compliment his friend on his elevation to the Pontifical chair.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
The clergy sustained the excesses of the pontifical authority, and acknowledged the principle of the universal sovereignty of the Pope.
"Roman Catholicism in Spain" by Anonymous
There are traces of agreement, though chiefly lost, in their pontifical dress.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
The bearing of the Arian king to the Catholic Church and the Roman Pontificate was just and fair almost to the end of his reign.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
On the throne sits St. Peter pontifically robed, and with the triple crown on his head.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
He was pontifical about the Emperor.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
"Notes and Queries, Number 218, December 31, 1853" by Various
"Notes and Queries, Number 217, December 24, 1853" 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:

The appearance of eight pontifical accounts seems to suggest he will be tweeting in all eight languages.
With its ever narrowing platform and pontifications the Republicans are headed toward a demographic dead end .
I pontificated on the meaning of "change" in this space back on Oct 1.
"Merry Mozart," Saturday and Sunday, Dec 15-16, Pontifical College Josephinum, $35, promusicacolumbus.org.
Naturally, she expects him to beg her not to do it and to pontificate about the tremendous loss to literature should she carry through with her threat.
In case you missed it, on May 2 (2011) the Vatican held its first ever bloggers' convention organized by the Vatican's Pontifical Councils for Social Communications and for Culture.
Jude school recognized at Pontifical Mass .
The Pontifical Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael R Cote during which they renewed their wedding vows.
On Feb 6, 1965, a pontifical Mass of requiem was celebrated, and Alemany now rests with the other archbishops of the San Francisco Diocese at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.
A Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated Sunday afternoon in St Francis Xavier Church, in Hyannis, inaugurated a three-week program of observances of the diamond jubilee of the parish, which was founded in January, 1902.
A Pontifical Mass was celebrated followed by a reception and dinner.
In a solemn pontifical Mass at Munich's Liebfrauen Cathedral Feb 2, the feast of Candlemas, the former bishop of Trier took possession of the Archdiocese of Munich.
The day begins with a pontifical mass celebrated by Bishop Curtis J Guillory.
) and pontificated on "Why I'm such a Liz Lemon", but Greenwich Letterpress' new pencil set conquers a whole new set of pop culture phenomena.
But Ms Mentor confesses that she created this month's letter herself, so that she could pontificate about retirement -- because not one of her sage correspondents has ever broached that delicate subject.

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