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pontifical

[ pon-tif-i-kuhl ]
/ pɒnˈtɪf ɪ kəl /
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adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of a pontiff; papal.
pompous, dogmatic, or pretentious: to resent someone's pontifical manner.
noun
(in the Western Church) a book containing the forms for the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies to be performed by bishops.
pontificals, the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff, especially a bishop.
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Origin of pontifical

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin pontificālis, equivalent to pontific- (stem of pontifex) pontifex + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM pontifical

pon·tif·i·cal·ly, adverbun·pon·tif·i·cal, adjectiveun·pon·tif·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pontifical

pontifical
/ (pɒnˈtɪfɪkəl) /

adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of a pontiff, the pope, or a bishop
having an excessively authoritative manner; pompous
noun
RC Church Church of England a book containing the prayers and ritual instructions for ceremonies restricted to a bishop
See also pontificals

Derived forms of pontifical

pontifically, adverb
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