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PONTIFICATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pontificate mean? 

PONTIFICATE (noun)
  The noun PONTIFICATE has 1 sense:

1. the government of the Roman Catholic Church

  Familiarity information: PONTIFICATE used as a noun is very rare.


PONTIFICATE (verb)
  The verb PONTIFICATE has 2 senses:

1. administer a pontifical office
2. talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner

  Familiarity information: PONTIFICATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PONTIFICATE (noun)


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Meaning:

The government of the Roman Catholic Church

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

papacy; pontificate

Hypernyms ("pontificate" is a kind of...):

authorities; government; regime (the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit)

Meronyms (members of "pontificate"):

Bishop of Rome; Catholic Pope; Holy Father; pontiff; pope; Roman Catholic Pope; Vicar of Christ (the head of the Roman Catholic Church)


PONTIFICATE (verb)


Sense 1pontificate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Administer a pontifical office

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "pontificate" is one way to...):

administer; administrate (work in an administrative capacity; supervise)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2pontificate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The new professor always pontificates

Hypernyms (to "pontificate" is one way to...):

speak; talk (exchange thoughts; talk with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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