verb (used without object), pon·tif·i·cat·ed, pon·tif·i·cat·ing.
- pontifical college,
- pontifical mass,
Origin of pontificate
Examples from the Web for pontificating
John McCain completely wasted his shot at her, just pontificating away, looking aggreived, not accomplishing anything.
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|Lauren Ashburn|July 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This should give any Western pundit pause when pontificating on popular sentiment in Saudi Arabia.
The Delaware primary result will be the topic of much handwringing, pontificating and consternation in coming days.
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).