Definitions for: Pontiff


[n] the head of the Roman Catholic Church



Webster (1913) Definition: Pon"tiff, n. [F. pontife, L. pontifex, -ficis; pons,
pontis, a bridge (perhaps originally, a way, path) + facere
to make. Cf. Pontoon.]
A high priest. Especially:
(a) One of the sacred college, in ancient Rome, which had the
supreme jurisdiction over all matters of religion, at the
head of which was the Pontifex Maximus. --Dr. W. Smith.
(b) (Jewish Antiq.) The chief priest.
(c) (R. C. Ch.) The pope.

Synonyms: Holy Father, pope, Vicar of Christ

See Also: Achille Ratti, Aeneas Silvius, Albino Luciano, Alexander VI, Alfonso Borgia, Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, Antonio Ghislieri, Bartolomeo Prignano, Borgia, Calixtus III, Catholic, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Eugenio Pacelli, Giovanni de Medici, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, Gregory, Gregory I, Gregory the Great, Gregory VII, Gregory XIII, Hildebrand, Innocent III, John Paul I, John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla, Leo I, Leo III, Leo the Great, Leo X, Lotario di Segni, Luigi Barnaba Gregorio Chiaramonti, Odo of Lagery, papacy, Pius II, Pius V, Pius VII, Pius X, Pius XI, Pius XII, pontificate, Pope Alexander VI, Rodrigo Borgia, Saint Gregory I, spiritual leader, St Gregory I, St Leo I, Ugo Buoncompagni, Urban II, Urban VI

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