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Pronunciation:  pân'tifikul

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[adj]  puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek

PONTIFICAL is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, portentous, pretentious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pon*tif"ic*al\, a. [L. pontificalis: cf. F.
    pontifical. See {Pontiff}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to a pontiff, or high priest; as,
       pontifical authority; hence, belonging to the pope; papal.
    2. Of or pertaining to the building of bridges. [R.]
             Now had they brought the work by wondrous art
             Pontifical, a ridge of pendent rock Over the vexed
             abyss.                                --Milton.
  2. \Pon*tif"ic*al\, n. [F.]
    1. A book containing the offices, or formulas, used by a
       pontiff. --South.
    2. pl. The dress and ornaments of a pontiff. ``Dressed in
       full pontificals.'' --Sir W. Scott.
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