Pontiff

  • 1 Pontiff — or Pontificate is a title of certain religious leaders, now used principally to refer to leaders such as the Pope of the Catholic Church and of the Coptic Orthodox Church. An ecclesiastical history, ancient and modern, from the birth of Christ to …

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  • 2 pontiff — [pän′tif] n. [Fr pontife < LL(Ec) pontifex (gen. pontificis), bishop < L, high priest, orig. ? bridge maker, path finder < pons (gen. pontis), bridge (see PONS) + facere, to make, DO1] 1. PONTIFEX 2. a) a bishop …

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  • 3 Pontiff — Pon tiff, n. [F. pontife, L. pontifex, ficis; pons, pontis, a bridge (perhaps originally, a way, path) + facere to make. Cf. {Pontoon}.] A high priest. Especially: (a) One of the sacred college, in ancient Rome, which had the supreme jurisdiction …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 pontiff — (n.) c.1600, high priest, from Fr. pontif (early 16c.), from L. pontifex, title of a Roman high priest (see PONTIFEX (Cf. pontifex)). Used for bishop in Church Latin, but not recorded in that sense in English until 1670s, specifically the bishop… …

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  • 5 pontiff — ► NOUN ▪ the Pope. ORIGIN Latin pontifex high priest , from pons bridge + fex, from facere to make …

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  • 6 pontiff — [[t]pɒ̱ntɪf[/t]] pontiffs N COUNT: usu the N The Pontiff is the Pope. [FORMAL] The Pontiff celebrated mass before a crowd of tens of thousands of worshippers in Mexico City. Syn: Pope …

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  • 7 pontiff — UK [ˈpɒntɪf] / US [ˈpɑntɪf] noun [countable] Word forms pontiff : singular pontiff plural pontiffs formal the Pope …

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  • 8 pontiff — [17] In ancient Rome, members of the highest college of priests were known by the epithet pontifex. This looks as though it should mean ‘bridgemaker’ (as if it were formed from Latin pōns ‘bridge’ – source of English pontoon – with the suffix fex …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 9 pontiff — (also sovereign or supreme pontiff) noun the Pope. Origin C17 (earlier (ME) as pontifical): from Fr. pontife, from L. pontifex (see pontifex) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 10 pontiff — n 1. prelate, primate, archbishop, bishop, diocesan, suffragan, metropolitan, chief priest, high priest, (in ancient Rome) pontifex. 2.Rom. Cath. Ch. Bishop of Rome, Supreme Pontiff, pope, Holy Father, successor to Peter, his Holiness, vicar of… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 11 pontiff — [17] In ancient Rome, members of the highest college of priests were known by the epithet pontifex. This looks as though it should mean ‘bridgemaker’ (as if it were formed from Latin pōns ‘bridge’ – source of English pontoon – with the suffix fex …

    Word origins

  • 12 pontiff — n. RC Ch. (in full sovereign or supreme pontiff) the Pope. Etymology: F pontife (as PONTIFEX) …

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  • 13 pontiff — noun Etymology: French pontif, from Latin pontific , pontifex Date: 1626 1. pontifex 2. bishop; specifically often capitalized pope 1 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 pontiff — /pon tif/, n. 1. any pontifex. 2. any high or chief priest. 3. Eccles. a. a bishop. b. the Roman Catholic pope, the Bishop of Rome. [1600 10; earlier pontife < F, short for L pontifex PONTIFEX] * * * …

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  • 15 pontiff — noun a) The Pope b) A bishop See Also: pontificate …

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  • 16 pontiff — Synonyms and related words: Grand Penitentiary, Holy Father, abuna, antipope, archbishop, archdeacon, archpriest, bishop, bishop coadjutor, canon, cardinal, cardinal bishop, cardinal deacon, cardinal priest, chaplain, coadjutor, curate, dean,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 pontiff — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. bishop, high priest; the pope. See clergy. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. prelate, cardinal, His Holiness; see pope …

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  • 18 pontiff — pon|tiff [ˈpɔntıf US ˈpa:n ] n [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: pontif, from Latin pontifex member of the council of priests in ancient Rome , probably from pons bridge + facere to make ] formal the Pope …

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  • 19 pontiff — pon|tiff [ pantıf ] noun count FORMAL the POPE …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 pontiff — pon·tiff || pÉ‘ntɪf / pÉ’n n. Pope, head of the Catholic Church, Bishop of Rome …

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