Definitions for: Pontificate

[n] the government of the Roman Catholic Church
[v] talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner; "The new professor always pontificates"
[v] administer a pontifical office

Webster (1913) Definition: Pon*tif"i*cate, n. [L. pontificatus: cf. F.
pontificat. See Pontiff.]
1. The state or dignity of a high priest; specifically, the
office of the pope. --Addison.

2. The term of office of a pontiff. --Milman.

Pon*tif"i*cate, v. i. (R. C. Ch.)
To perform the duty of a pontiff.

Synonyms: papacy

See Also: administer, administrate, authorities, government, Holy Father, pontiff, pope, regime, speak, talk, Vicar of Christ

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