verb (used without object), pon·tif·i·cat·ed, pon·tif·i·cat·ing.
Origin of pontificate
Related Words for pontificatingadmonish, moralize, minister, address, evangelize, lecture, teach, harangue, preach, dogmatize, pulpiteer
Examples from the Web for pontificating
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of pontificating
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).