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English Dictionary: pontificate by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
pontificate
n
  1. the government of the Roman Catholic Church [syn: papacy, pontificate]
v
  1. administer a pontifical office
  2. talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner; "The new professor always pontificates"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pontificate \Pon*tif"i*cate\, n. [L. pontificatus: cf. F.
      pontificat. See {Pontiff}.]
      1. The state or dignity of a high priest; specifically, the
            office of the pope. --Addison.
  
      2. The term of office of a pontiff. --Milman.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pontificate \Pon*tif"i*cate\, v. i. (R. C. Ch.)
      To perform the duty of a pontiff.
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