Definition of Pontiff

1. Noun. The head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Exact synonyms: Bishop Of Rome, Catholic Pope, Holy Father, Pope, Roman Catholic Pope, Vicar Of Christ
Group relationships: Papacy, Pontificate
Generic synonyms: Spiritual Leader, Catholic
Specialized synonyms: Antipope
Specialized synonyms: Alexander Vi, Borgia, Pope Alexander Vi, Rodrigo Borgia, Benedict Xiv, Prospero Lambertini, Benedict Xv, Giacomo Della Chiesa, Benedetto Caetani, Boniface Viii, Calixtus Ii, Guy Of Burgundy, Alfonso Borgia, Borgia, Calixtus Iii, Clement Vii, Giulio De' Medici, Clement Xi, Giovanni Francesco Albani, Clement Xiv, Lorenzo Ganganelli, Gregory, Gregory I, Gregory The Great, Saint Gregory I, St. Gregory I, Gregory, Gregory Vii, Hildebrand, Angelo Correr, Gregory, Gregory Xii, Gregory, Gregory Xiii, Ugo Buoncompagni, Bartolomeo Alberto Capillari, Gregory, Gregory Xvi, Innocent Iii, Lotario Di Segni, Giovanni Battista Cibo, Innocent Viii, Benedetto Odescalchi, Innocent Xi, Antonio Pignatelli, Innocent Xii, Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli, John Xxiii, Albino Luciano, John Paul I, John Paul Ii, Karol Wojtyla, Leo I, Leo The Great, St. Leo I, Leo Iii, Bruno, Bruno Of Toul, Leo Ix, Giovanni De'medici, Leo X, Gioacchino Pecci, Giovanni Vincenzo Pecci, Leo Xiii, Martin V, Oddone Colonna, Nicholas V, Tomasso Parentucelli, Alessandro Farnese, Paul Iii, Giovanni Battista Montini, Paul Vi, Aeneas Silvius, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Pius Ii, Antonio Ghislieri, Pius V, Giannangelo Braschi, Giovanni Angelo Braschi, Pius Vi, Barnaba Chiaramonti, Luigi Barnaba Gregorio Chiaramonti, Pius Vii, Giovanni Maria Mastai-ferretti, Giovanni Mastai-ferretti, Pius Ix, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, Giuseppe Sarto, Pius X, Achille Ratti, Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, Pius Xi, Eugenio Pacelli, Pius Xii, Francesco Della Rovere, Sixtus Iv, Gerbert, Sylvester Ii, Odo, Odo Of Lagery, Otho, Otho Of Lagery, Urban Ii, Guillaume De Grimoard, Urban V, Bartolomeo Prignano, Urban Vi, Maffeo Barberini, Urban Viii
Derivative terms: Pontifical, Papal

Definition of Pontiff

1. n. A high priest.

Definition of Pontiff

1. Noun. A bishop of the early Church; now specifically, the Pope. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) Any chief figure or leader of a religion. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (historical) A pontifex. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Pontiff

1. a pope or bishop [n -S]

Medical Definition of Pontiff

1. A high priest. Especially: 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. The pope. Origin: F. Pontife, L. Pontifex, -ficis; pons, pontis, a bridge (perhaps originally, a way, path) + facere = to make. Cf. Pontoon. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pontiff

ponticulus hepatis
ponticulus nasi
ponticulus promontorii
pontiff (current term)

Literary usage of Pontiff

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Thus re-established and confirmed in his own theory andto'e* pontiff regained ... The last-named pontiff, however, lies under the imputation of having been ..."

2. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1870)
"... concerning the election of the Sovereign pontiff, if that it should be pleasing to the Divine Will to call Us out of this life during the said Council. ..."

3. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1907)
"The pontiff repeated his former assertions with greater arrogance, and published the celebrated bull called Unam sanctam; in which he asserted that Jesus ..."

4. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1909)
"He then despatched Guillaume de Nogaret, with some others, into Italy, to rouse the people to insurrection, and to bring the pontiff prisoner to Lyons, ..."

5. Modern Constitutions: A Collection of the Fundamental Laws of Twenty-two of by Walter Fairleigh Dodd (1908)
"The person of the Supreme pontiff is sacred and inviolable. ART. 2. Any attempt against the person of the Supreme pontiff and the provocation to commit such ..."

6. A Theological Dictionary, Containing Definitions of All Religious Terms: A by Charles Buck (1823)
"_•_•- or. at most, that there were but two! j PONTIFICATE is used for the state self-existent gods, from whom they con-1 or dignity of a pontiff, ..."

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