how to pronounce pontificate


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pontificate is pronounced in four syllables

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meanings of pontificate


  1. To preside as a bishop, especially at mass.
  2. To act like a pontiff; to express one's position or opinions dogmatically and pompously as if they were absolutely correct.
  3. To speak in a patronizing, supercilious or pompous manner, especially at length.


  1. The status or term of office of a pontiff or pontifex.

pontificate frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word pontificate occurs in english on average 0.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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