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English

Etymology 1

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] pontificatus, from pontifex (bridge builder), from pons (bridge) + facere (make).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
pontificate

Plural
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pontificate ({{{1}}})
  1. The state or term of office of a pontiff or pontifex.
Translations

Etymology 2

From the past participle stem of mediaeval [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] pontificare (pontificate), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] pontifex (bridge builder), from pons (bridge) + facere (make).

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to pontificate

Third person singular
pontificat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ed

to pontificate (third-person singular simple present pontificat, present participle ed, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To preside as a bishop, especially at mass.
  2. (intransitive) To act like a pontiff; to express one’s position or opinions dogmatically and pompously as if it is absolutely correct.
  3. (intransitive) To speak in a patronizing, supercilious or pompous manner, especially at length.
    • 2007, New York Times
      During a policy discussion awhile back about New York issues, when Mr. Clinton began to pontificate, she told him that he did not exactly know what he was talking about and to hush up.
Translations

Italian

Verb

pontificate

  1. Second-person plural present tense of pontificare.
  2. Second-person plural imperative of pontificare.
  3. Feminine plural of pontificato.

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