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Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Annoy.com Anecnote: Pontification

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ponˇtifˇiˇcate n.

The office or term of office of a pontiff.

intr.v. ponˇtifˇiˇcatˇed, ponˇtifˇiˇcatˇing, ponˇtifˇiˇcates (-kt)
To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way.
To administer the office of a pontiff.

[Latin pontifictus, from pontifex, pontific-, pontifex; see pontifex. V., from Medieval Latin pontificre, pontifict-, to act as an ecclesiastic from Latin pontifex.]

ponˇtifiˇcation n.
ponˇtifiˇcator n.

Source: The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition


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