pontificate \pon-TIF-i-keyt\, verb:
- To speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner.
- To perform the office or duties of a pontiff.
- To serve as a bishop, especially in a Pontifical Mass.
- The office or term of office of a pontiff.
Originating from the Latin pontificatus, meaning 'to speak in the manner of a pontiff,' pontificate fell into common usage in 1825.
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