But Bibi didn't come to the “eternal city” just to preach to the pontifex about the persecution of Jews in Medieval Spain.
My dear pontifex, you have already offered a strawberry festival which Mrs. Rossmore has been unable to accept.
Soon the beans were rattling in the hat of the pontifex, and, mirabile!
You know my influence with the Emperors and with the pontifex of Vesta.
One of the judices rejected by Verres on his trial, a pontifex and augur.
He approached the Pope, removed the berretto, knelt and kissed the ruby cross on the shoe of the pontifex Maximus.
The ceremony required the presence of an augur and a pontifex to hold it.
A punster might have entitled him pontifex Maximus; but this would have been still worse for his reputation.
The hat started; pontifex drew a stranger; so did Mansfield.
Under the emperors the head of the government eo ipso was also pontifex Maximus.
member of the supreme college of priests in ancient Rome, 1570s, from Latin pontifex "high priest, chief of the priests," probably from pont-, stem of pons "bridge" (see pons) + -fex, -ficis, root of facere "make" (see factitious). If so, the word originally meant "bridge-maker," or "path-maker."
Weekley points out that, "bridge-building has always been regarded as a pious work of divine inspiration." Or the term may be metaphoric of bridging the earthly world and the realm of the gods. Other suggestions trace it to Oscan-Umbrian puntis "propitiary offering," or to a lost Etruscan word, in either case altered by folk etymology to resemble the Latin for "bridge-maker." In Old English, pontifex is glossed in the Durham Ritual (Old Northumbrian dialect) as brycgwyrcende "bridge-maker."