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Adjective: pontifical  pón'ti-fi-kul
  1. Proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles
    "pontifical dispensation";
    - papal, apostolic, apostolical
     
  2. Denoting or governed by or relating to a bishop or bishops
    - episcopal
     
  3. Puffed up with vanity
    "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey";
    - grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, portentous
Noun: pontifical  pón'ti-fi-kul
  1. The vestments and other insignia of a pontiff (especially a bishop)

Derived forms: pontificals

See also: pretentious

Type of: vestment

Encyclopedia: Pontifical