Word forms: pontificates, pontificating
Definitionspronunciation note: The verb is pronounced (pɒntɪfɪkeɪt
). The noun is pronounced (pɒntɪfɪkət
1. verb If someone pontificates about something, they state their opinions as if they are the only correct ones and nobody could possibly argue against them. [formal] [V + about/on] ⇒ Politicians like to pontificate about falling standards. [Also V] 2. countable noun
The pontificate of a pope is the period of time during which he is pope. ⇒ Pope Formosus died after a pontificate of four and a half years.
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