Pontificate meaning

pŏn-tĭfĭ-kĭt, -kāt
To speak or act in a pompous or dogmatic way.
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To administer the office of a pontiff.
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The office or term of office of a pontiff.
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To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way.
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To pontificate is to express your opinion in an annoying way, often because you go on too long or because you are too much of a know-it-all.

An example of pontificate is the actions of a self-important professor who rambles on and on.

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The office, or term of office, of a pontiff.
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To officiate as a pontiff.
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The state or term of office of a pontiff or pontifex.
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(intransitive) To preside as a bishop, especially at mass.
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(intransitive) To act like a pontiff; to express one's position or opinions dogmatically and pompously as if they were absolutely correct.
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(intransitive) To speak in a patronizing, supercilious or pompous manner, especially at length.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pontificate
Plural:
pontificates

Origin of pontificate

  • Latin pontificātus from pontifex pontific- pontifex pontifex V., from Medieval Latin pontificāre pontificāt- to act as an ecclesiastic from Latin pontifex

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

  • From the past participle stem of mediaeval Latin pontificare (“pontificate"), from Latin pontifex (“high priest"), from pons (“bridge") + facere (“make").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin pontificatus, from pontifex (“high priest"), from pons (“bridge") + facere (“make").

    From Wiktionary