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Dictionary Definition

pontifical adj
1 proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles; "papal dispensation" [syn: papal, apostolic, apostolical]
2 denoting or governed by or relating to a bishop or bishops [syn: episcopal]
3 puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek [syn: grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, portentous]

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  1. of or pertaining to a pontiff
    1. of or pertaining to a bishop; episcopal
    2. of or pertaining to a pope; papal
  2. pompous, dignified or dogmatic
  3. of or pertaining to the pontifices of Ancient Rome


Of or pertaining to a pontiff
  • French: pontifical


  1. The office of a pontiff
  2. The vestments of a bishop
  3. a pontiff
  4. a pontifical mass

Extensive Definition

Pontifical may refer to the Roman Pontifical, a Roman Catholic liturgical book used by a bishop.
When used as an adjective, Pontifical may be used to describe things related to the office of a bishop, such as the following:
pontifical in French: Pontifical

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