Pontiff

A pontiff (from Latin pontifex) was, in Roman antiquity, a member of the most illustrious of the colleges of priests of the Roman religion, the College of Pontiffs. The term `pontiff` was later applied to any high or chief priest and, in Christian ecclesiastical usage, to a bishop and more particularly to the Bishop of Rome, the Pope or `Roman ......
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Pontiff

• (n.) The chief priest. • (n.) 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. • (n.) A high priest. • (n.) The pope.
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Pontiff

Pon'tiff noun [ French pontife , Latin pontifex , -ficis ; pons , pontis , a bridge (perhaps originally, a way, path) + facere to make. Confer Pontoon .] A high priest. Especially: (a) One of the sacred college, in ancient Rome, which had the ...
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pontiff

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: We...
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Pontiff

from Latin pontifex, a word commonly held to come from the Latin root words pons (bridge) + facere (to do, to make), and so to have the literal meaning of `bridge-builder`. Most commonly it refers to the Bishop of Rome, the Pope- the Supreme Pontiff.
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