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Definition 1: the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff (especially a bishop) - [noun denoting artifact]

(pontifical is a kind of ...) gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy

Definition 2: denoting or governed by or relating to a bishop or bishops - [adjective denoting pert]

Synonyms for pontifical in the sense of this definition

Definition 3: proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where pontifical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • papal dispensation

Synonyms for pontifical in the sense of this definition

Definition 4: puffed up with vanity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pontifical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a grandiloquent and boastful manner
  • overblown oratory
  • a pompous speech
  • pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey

Synonyms for pontifical in the sense of this definition

(pontifical is similar to ...) making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

"a pretentious country house" "a pretentious fraud" "a pretentious scholarly edition"

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