Pontifical meaning

pŏn-tĭfĭ-kəl
The vestments and insignia of a bishop.
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Relating to, characteristic of, or suitable for a pontiff.
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Pompously dogmatic or self-important; pretentious.
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A book of forms for ceremonies performed by a bishop.
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Having to do with a pontifex or a high priest.
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Having to do with or celebrated by a bishop or other high-ranking prelate.

A pontifical Mass.

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Having to do with the pope; papal.
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Having the pomp, dignity, or dogmatism of a pontiff; sometimes, specif., arrogant or haughty.
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A pontiff's vestments and insignia.
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A book of offices for a bishop.
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Of or pertaining to a pontiff.
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Of or pertaining to the pontifices of Ancient Rome.
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Of or relating to the building of bridges.
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A book containing the offices, or formulas, used by a pontiff.
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Origin of pontifical

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin pontificālis of a pontifex from pontifex pontific- pontifex pontifex

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin pontificalis.

    From Wiktionary