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pon•tif•i•cal



Pronunciation: (pon-tif'i-kul), [key]
adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a pontiff; papal.
2. pompous, dogmatic, or pretentious: to resent someone's pontifical manner.

n.
1. (in the Western Church) a book containing the forms for the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies to be performed by bishops.
2. pontificals,the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff, esp. a bishop.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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