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.
  • dogmatize
  • get on a soapbox
  • bloviate
  • orate
  • blare
    2.
  • address
  • admonish
  • evangelize
  • harangue
  • lecture
  • minister
  • preach
  • teach
Antonyms
    1.
  • agree
  • refrain
  • be quiet
  • praise
    2.
  • unavailable
Definition
1. express one's opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic
2. (in the Roman Catholic Church) officiate as bishop, especially at Mass
Examples
1. 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.
2. A) The new bishop pontificated his first Christmas Mass. B) He has pontificated at many baptisms.
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