pontificate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pontificate talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner "The new professor always pontificates"
    • v pontificate administer a pontifical office
    • n pontificate the government of the Roman Catholic Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pontificate The state or dignity of a high priest; specifically, the office of the pope.
    • Pontificate The term of office of a pontiff.
    • v. i Pontificate (R. C. Ch) To perform the duty of a pontiff.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pontificate The office or dignity of a pontiff, high priest, or pope.
    • n pontificate The time during which a pontifical office is held by any given incumbent.
    • pontificate To act officially as pontiff or bishop; especially, to say pontifical mass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pontificate the dignity of a pontiff or high-priest: the office and dignity or reign of a pope
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Quotations

  • 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.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

During the Pontificate of Innocent III.
"The Revelation Explained" by F. Smith
In this was seated an elderly gentleman in rich pontifical robes.
"The American Baron" by James De Mille
During fifty years the pontificate remained in his family almost without interruption.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
The present building, however, was raised in the pontificate of Gregory XIII.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 99, March, 1876" by Various
Given at Rome, at St. Peter's, under the seal of the Fisherman, April 18, 1591, the first year of our pontificate.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume VIII (of 55), 1591-1593" by Emma Helen Blair
Then came the twelve men carrying the gold pontifical chair in which the Pope was seated; they walked very solemnly and slowly.
"The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912" by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
When he arrived at the village of Mentana, he heard that the Pontificals were close by, and he waited to give them battle.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
Given at Rome, at St. Peter's, under the seal of the fisherman, April xviii, MDXCI, in the first year of our pontificate.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various
They captured all his wardrobe and his pontifical robes, among which he had some very rich garments.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXII, 1625-29" by Various
When the court of Rome, under the pontificates of Gregory IX.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
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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:

View full size File photo Glass artist Paul Stankard, of Mantua, gets to pontificate at Walt Whitman 's 193rd birthday party, Wednesday, May 30.
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.
Our own imbiber, Dan Dunn, pontificates on the St Germain craze sweeping the NYC bar scene.
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 .
Unfortunate Misunderstanding Please allow me to respond to two letters that appeared in your May 31 issue concerning the liturgical use of the capa magna at the solemn pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Slattery in Was.
The Pontifical Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael R Cote during which they renewed their wedding vows.
) 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.
Normally by this time of the year, I've exhausted all the topics that cause me to jump up on my soapbox and pontificate.
Perhaps it's the cloves simmering in the hot apple cider, but sniff hard enough and there's a definite scent of pontification in the air—which can only mean one thing: tweedy highbrow festivals.
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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
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