Pontifical



[pon-tif-i-kuh l] /pɒnˈtɪf ɪ kəl/

adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a ; papal.
2.
pompous, dogmatic, or pretentious:
to resent someone’s pontifical manner.
noun
3.
(in the Western Church) a book containing the forms for the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies to be performed by bishops.
4.
pontificals, the vestments and other insignia of a , especially a bishop.
/pɒnˈtɪfɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a pontiff, the pope, or a bishop
2.
having an excessively authoritative manner; pompous
noun
3.
(RC Church, Church of England) a book containing the prayers and ritual instructions for ceremonies restricted to a bishop
adj.

early 15c., from Middle French pontifical and directly from Latin pontificalis “of or pertaining to the high priest,” from pontifex (see pontifex). Hence pontificalia “trappings of a bishop.”

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