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Dictionary definition for: Pontifical

1. (a) proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles; "papal dispensation"

2. (a) denoting or governed by or relating to a bishop or bishops

3. (s) puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner" "overblown oratory" "a pompous speech" "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek

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