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Pontiff meaning

pontiff - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. A high priest.
  2. 2. One of the sacred college, in ancient Rome, which had the supreme jurisdiction over all matters of religion, at the head of which was the Pontifex Maximus.
  3. 3. The chief priest.
  4. 4. The pope.
  5. 5. A high priest; any bishop; the Pope. Also, pontifex.
  6. 6. A high- priest; the pope.

pontiff - examples of usage

  1. The pontiff directed the bridle. - "An History of Birmingham (1783)", William Hutton.
  2. After the death of that prelate, Dr. Matthews was translated from Clogher to Dublin in 1611, and governed this diocese with the zeal of an apostle down to the year 1623, when he died in Rome, esteemed and honoured by the Roman Pontiff. - "The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Volume 1, August 1865", Society of Clergymen.
  3. The Arabs of the plains declined to accept another pontiff and king in the person of the gallant and noble Comte. - "A Narrative of Captivity in Abyssinia With Some Account of the Late Emperor Theodore, His Country and People", Henry Blanc.
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