Meaning of pontificate

pon•tif•i•cate

Pronunciation: (n.pon-tif'i-kit, -kāt"v.pon-tif'i-kāt"), [key]
— n., v., -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
—n.
  1. the office or term of office of a pontiff.
—v.i.
  1. to perform the office or duties of a pontiff.
  2. to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner: Did he pontificate about the responsibilities of a good citizen?
  3. to serve as a bishop, esp. in a Pontifical Mass.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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