What does the word pontificate mean?

Usage examples for pontificate

  1. An old- fashioned, though still interesting, Protestant view is that of William Roscoe, Life and Pontificate of Leo X, 4 vols. – A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1. by Carlton J. H. Hayes
  2. His Pontificate was prolonged beyond the years of Peter at Rome. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson
  3. He lived eighty- three years, one month, and twenty days, and died the 14th August, 1559, the fifth year of his pontificate. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare