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Word of the Day: Pontificate

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Feb 22, 2020

pontificate: verb

Definition:
1: to speak or express opinions in a pompous or dogmatic way
2: a: to officiate as a pontiff
b: to delebrate pontifical mass


DID YOU KNOW?
In ancient Rome, the pontifices were powerful priests who administered the part of civil law that regulated relationships with the deities recognized by the state. Their name, pontifex, derives from the Latin words pons, meaning "bridge," and facere, meaning "to make," and some think it may have developed because the group was associated with a sacred bridge over the river Tiber (although there is no proof of that). With the rise of Catholicism, the title pontifex was transferred to the Pope and to Catholic bishops. Pontificate derives from pontifex , and in its earliest English uses it referred to things associated with such prelates. By the late 1800s, pontificate was also being used derisively for individuals who spoke as if they had the authority of an ecclesiastic.

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