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Pronunciation:  pân'tifu`keyt

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

PONTIFICATE is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Pon*tif"i*cate\, v. i. (R. C. Ch.)
    To perform the duty of a pontiff.
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