Complete Definition of "pontificate"

was wotd|2006|September|12
English

Etymology 1
From Latin pontificatus, from pontifex, literally ‘bridge-builder’, from pons ‘bridge’ + facere ‘make’.

Pronunciation
a|RP IPA|/pɒnˈtɪfɪkət/
a|US IPA|/pɑːnˈtɪfɪkət/
audio|en-us-pontificate_noun.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
en-noun

  1. The state or term of office of a pontiff or pontifex.

Translations
rfc-level|Translations at L3+ (AutoFormat? would have corrected level of Translations)

French: pontificat m
Japanese: 司教の職(しきょうのしょく, shikyou no shoku)

Etymology 2
From the past participle stem of mediaeval Latin pontificare ‘pontificate’, from Latin pontifex, literally ‘bridge-builder’, from pons ‘bridge’ + facere ‘make’.

Pronunciation
a|RP IPA|/pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪt/
a|US IPA|/pɑːnˈtɪfɪkeɪt/
audio|en-us-pontificate.ogg|Audio (US)

Verb
en-verb|pontificat|ed

  1. intransitive To preside as a bishop, especially at mass.
  2. intransitive To act like a pontiff; to be pompous, or express one's position as if it is absolutely correct.
  3. intransitive To speak in a patronizing, supercilious or pompous manner, especially at length.
Quotations
;to speak in a patronising manner
2007, New York Times 1

Translations
to preside as a bishop (1)

French: pontifier
mid

to act like a pontiff (2)

French: pontifier
mid

to speak in a patronizing, supercilious or pompous manner (3)

French: pontifier
mid

Category:English heteronyms


Italian

Verb
pontificate

  1. form of|second-person|Second-person plural present tense|pontificare#Italian|pontificare|lang=Italian
  2. form of|Second-person plural imperative|pontificare#Italian|pontificare|lang=Italian
  3. form of|feminine|Feminine plural|pontificato

Category:Italian past participle forms
Category:Italian verb forms

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