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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the government of the Roman Catholic Church;
[syn: papacy, pontificate]


VERB (2)

1. administer a pontifical office;

2. talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner;
- Example: "The new professor always pontificates"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pontificate \Pon*tif"i*cate\, v. i. (R. C. Ch.) To perform the duty of a pontiff. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pontificate \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. [1913 Webster] 2. The term of office of a pontiff. --Milman. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pontificate n 1: the government of the Roman Catholic Church [syn: papacy, pontificate] v 1: administer a pontifical office 2: talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner; "The new professor always pontificates"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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