Word of the Day: Pontificate
pon-tif-i-cate / pŏn-tĭf-ĭ-kĭt, pŏn-tĭf-ĭ-kāt
1. (Roman Catholic Church) the office or term of office of the pope
[Pope Francis] is 78 years old and knows that his will be a short pontificate.
George Weigel, 1951 –
1. to speak or express opinions in a pompous or authoritative and unchallengeable manner
I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.
Elon Musk, 1971 –
2. to serve as or perform the duties of a pontiff
Pope Pius XII said his first Mass before Mary’s altar in this cathedral [Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore], and in 1939 he pontificated at a Mass of thanksgiving at the same altar.
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