Definition of pontificate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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BrE BrE//pɒnˈtɪfɪkət//
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːnˈtɪfɪkət//
the official position or period in office of a pope
Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun): from Latin pontificatus, from pontifex, from pons, pont- ‘bridge’ + -fex from facere ‘make’. The verb dates from the early 19th cent.
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