Synonyms for pontifex

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The hat started; Pontifex drew a stranger; so did Mansfield.

Pontifex received them all with serene affability and good breeding.

Not content with being an artist, Mr Pontifex must needs also be a musician.

Mr Pontifex was not the man to trouble himself much about his motives.

Soon the beans were rattling in the hat of the Pontifex, and, mirabile!

One of the judices rejected by Verres on his trial, a pontifex and augur.

The ceremony required the presence of an augur and a pontifex to hold it.

Mommsen's account of the Pontifex Maximus should be consulted, Hist.

The second part, at least, was addressed to Caesar as pontifex maximus.

The chief of the pontifices, the Pontifex Maximus, was at the head of the college.

WORD ORIGIN

member of the supreme college of priests in ancient Rome, 1570s, from Latin pontifex "high priest, chief of the priests," probably from pont-, stem of pons "bridge" (see pons) + -fex, -ficis, root of facere "make" (see factitious). If so, the word originally meant "bridge-maker," or "path-maker."

Weekley points out that, "bridge-building has always been regarded as a pious work of divine inspiration." Or the term may be metaphoric of bridging the earthly world and the realm of the gods. Other suggestions trace it to Oscan-Umbrian puntis "propitiary offering," or to a lost Etruscan word, in either case altered by folk etymology to resemble the Latin for "bridge-maker." In Old English, pontifex is glossed in the Durham Ritual (Old Northumbrian dialect) as brycgwyrcende "bridge-maker."

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pontiff

nounhead of catholic church
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