pontificate
[ pon-tif-i-keyt ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Early 19th century; Latin from Latin pontificatus, from pontifex
Synonyms
    1.
  • address
  • admonish
  • evangelize
  • harangue
  • lecture
  • minister
  • preach
  • teach
    2.
  • dogmatize
  • get on a soapbox
  • bloviate
  • orate
  • blare
Antonyms
    1.
  • n/a
    2.
  • agree
  • refrain
  • be quiet
  • praise
Definition
1. (in the Roman Catholic Church) officiate as bishop, especially at Mass
2. express one's opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic
Examples
1. A) The new bishop pontificated his first Christmas Mass. B) He has pontificated at many baptisms.
2. A) Leo began to pontificate about ancient art while we were all just trying to enjoy the exhibit. B) The mother started to pontificate about parenting at the gathering and quickly cleared the room.
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