verb (used without object), pon·tif·i·cat·ed, pon·tif·i·cat·ing.
- pontifical college,
- pontifical mass,
- pontine angle tumor
Origin of pontificate
Examples from the Web for pontificate
Benedict may well want to cut short the time available for the cardinals to politick, posture, and pontificate, as it were.With Pope Benedict XVI’s Retirement, Conclave Rules Prove Unclear|Christopher Dickey|February 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
What authority is there for believing it to have been cast in the pontificate of St. Leo?
It is dated: "Given at Rome, the 13th day of May, 1580, the eighth of our pontificate."An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800|Mary Frances Cusack
His masterpiece, Libri octo de synoda diocesana, begun in Bologna, appeared during his pontificate.
The Cardinal of Florence cut short the ill-timed sermon, demanding whether he accepted the pontificate.
Innocent the Eighth made them his mark from the beginning of his Pontificate to the end.Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)|John Henry Newman
verb (pɒnˈtɪfɪˌkeɪt) (intr)
1818, "to act as a pontiff," from Medieval Latin pontificatus, past participle of pontificare "to be a pontifex," from Latin pontifex (see pontiff). Meaning "to assume pompous and dignified airs, issue dogmatic decrees" is from 1825. Meaning "to say (something) in a pontifical way" is from 1922. Related: Pontificated; pontificating.
1580s, from Latin pontificatus "office of a pontiff," from pontifex (see pontifex).