Definition for pontifices (2 of 2)
noun, plural pon·tif·i·ces [pon-tif-uh-seez] /pɒnˈtɪf əˌsiz/. Roman Religion.
Origin of pontifex
Examples from the Web for pontifices
The Pontifices of old Rome suppressed the records of their religion on purpose, as well as those of new Rome.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume I (of 2)|John Hill Burton
The oversight of the manner of worship was the special duty of the pontifices.
The chief of the pontifices, the Pontifex Maximus, was at the head of the college.
We saw at the end of the last lecture how the pontifices contributed to such a result.
I believe that these ideas were encouraged by the pontifices, but were not founded on fact.
British Dictionary definitions for pontifices
noun plural pontifices (pɒnˈtɪfɪˌsiːz)
Word Origin for pontifex
Word Origin and History for pontifices
member of the supreme college of priests in ancient Rome, 1570s, from Latin pontifex "high priest, chief of the priests," probably from pont-, stem of pons "bridge" (see pons) + -fex, -ficis, root of facere "make" (see factitious). If so, the word originally meant "bridge-maker," or "path-maker."
Weekley points out that, "bridge-building has always been regarded as a pious work of divine inspiration." Or the term may be metaphoric of bridging the earthly world and the realm of the gods. Other suggestions trace it to Oscan-Umbrian puntis "propitiary offering," or to a lost Etruscan word, in either case altered by folk etymology to resemble the Latin for "bridge-maker." In Old English, pontifex is glossed in the Durham Ritual (Old Northumbrian dialect) as brycgwyrcende "bridge-maker."