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Thursday December 8, 2016

Pontificate (pon-TIF-i-kayt)

To talk about or express ones opinions in a pompous and dogmatic way

Usage Examples

  • My husband loves to pontificate on any subject, regardless of whether or not he knows what he's talking about.
  • The preacher tried to push his religion on me, pontificating that his religion was only true religion on earth.

Word Usage Tip

Pontificate comes from the word pontiff or pope. To pontificate is to talk in an authoritative way as if you had the authority of the pope. Someone who is opinionated and dogmatic pontificates, or expresses their views in a pompous, authoritative and dogmatic manner.

THINK... how can you use pontificate in a conversation today?

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