- the office or term of office of a pontiff.
- to perform the office or duties of a pontiff.
- to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner: Did he pontificate about the responsibilities of a good citizen?
- to serve as a bishop, especially in a Pontifical Mass.
Origin of pontificate
Related Wordsadmonish, moralize, minister, address, evangelize, lecture, teach, harangue, preach, dogmatize, pulpiteer
Examples from the Web for pontificating
John McCain completely wasted his shot at her, just pontificating away, looking aggreived, not accomplishing anything.Hillary on the Hill
January 23, 2013
We live in a 24/7 news cycle that gives every pontificating pundit and boastful blogger the chance to spin thousands of others.How the Drudge Report, With Its Condoleezza Rice ‘Scoop,’ Again Rules the Media
July 15, 2012
This should give any Western pundit pause when pontificating on popular sentiment in Saudi Arabia.Let Saudi Women Drive!
June 17, 2011
The Delaware primary result will be the topic of much handwringing, pontificating and consternation in coming days.The Republicans' Silver Lining
September 14, 2010
- to speak or behave in a pompous or dogmatic mannerAlso (less commonly): pontify (ˈpɒntɪˌfaɪ)
- to serve or officiate as a pontiff, esp in celebrating a Pontifical Mass
- the office or term of office of a pontiff, now usually the pope
Word Origin and History for pontificating
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).