Part of speech: noun

The office of a pontiff or pope; also, a pope's term of office.

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Usage examples "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.", Carlton J. H. Hayes.
  2. His Pontificate was prolonged beyond the years of Peter at Rome. - "Pius IX. And His Time", 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", Augustus J.C. Hare.