pontificate

[ pon-tif-i-keyt ]

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Part of Speech

verb

Origin + Etymology

Early 19th century; Latin

from Latin pontificatus, from pontifex

Synonyms

    1.
  • address
  • admonish
  • evangelize
  • harangue
  • lecture
  • minister
  • preach
  • teach
    2.
  • dogmatize
  • get on a soapbox
  • bloviate
  • orate
  • blare

Antonyms

    1.
  • n/a
    2.
  • agree
  • refrain
  • be quiet
  • praise

Definition

1. (in the Roman Catholic Church) officiate as bishop, especially at Mass
2. express one's opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic

Examples

1. A) The new bishop pontificated his first Christmas Mass. B) He has pontificated at many baptisms.
2. A) Leo began to pontificate about ancient art while we were all just trying to enjoy the exhibit. B) The mother started to pontificate about parenting at the gathering and quickly cleared the room.

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