1. Of or pertaining to a pontiff.
    1. Of or pertaining to a bishop; episcopal.
    2. Of or pertaining to a pope; papal.
  2. Pompous, dignified or dogmatic.
  3. Splendid; magnificent.
  4. Of or pertaining to the pontifices of Ancient Rome.
  5. Of or relating to the building of bridges.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Now had they brought the work by wondrous art / Pontifical, a ridge of pendent rock / Over the vexed abyss.
Translations Noun

pontifical (plural pontificals)

  1. A book containing the offices, or formulas, used by a pontiff.

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