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pon•tif•i•cate



Pronunciation: (
n.pon-tif'i-kit, -kāt";
v.pon-tif'i-kāt"),
[key]
n., v., -cat•ed, -cat•ing.


n.
the office or term of office of a pontiff.

v.i.
1. to perform the office or duties of a pontiff.
2. to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner: Did he pontificate about the responsibilities of a good citizen?
3. to serve as a bishop, esp. in a Pontifical Mass.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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