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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Definitions for pontificate

  1. To speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner.
  2. To perform the office or duties of a pontiff.
  3. To serve as a bishop, especially in a Pontifical Mass.

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Citations for pontificate
His image is to appear as the guardian of robust morality as opposed to the business world, and he is invited pretty regularly to pontificate on television. Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The teacher's vanity and desire to pontificate had, he was vaguely aware, got the better of him. Michael Antony, The Apocalypse Syndrome
Origin of pontificate
Originating from the Latin pontificatus, meaning 'to speak in the manner of a pontiff,' pontificate fell into common usage in 1825.