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 for pontifical
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pontifical \Pon*tif"ic*al\, a. [L. pontificalis: cf. F.
     pontifical. See Pontiff.]
     1. Of or pertaining to a pontiff, or high priest; as,
        pontifical authority; hence, belonging to the pope; papal.
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     2. Of or pertaining to the building of bridges. [R.]
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              Now had they brought the work by wondrous art
              Pontifical, a ridge of pendent rock
              Over the vexed abyss.                 --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pontifical \Pon*tif"ic*al\, n. [F.]
     1. A book containing the offices, or formulas, used by a
        pontiff. --South.
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     2. pl. The dress and ornaments of a pontiff. "Dressed in full
        pontificals." --Sir W. Scott.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the
             papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles; "papal
             dispensation" [syn: papal, apostolic, apostolical,
      2: denoting or governed by or relating to a bishop or bishops
         [syn: episcopal, pontifical]
      3: puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner";
         "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific
         gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek [syn:
         grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, pontifical,
      n 1: the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff (especially a

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "pontifical":
     apostolic, arrogant, bigoted, bloated, bombastic, conceited,
     doctrinaire, doctrinarian, dogmatic, dogmatizing, flatulent,
     formal, gassy, grandiloquent, important, inflated, magisterial,
     opinionated, opinionative, opinioned, oracular, papal, papish,
     papist, papistic, peremptory, pompous, popish, positive,
     positivistic, pronunciative, puffy, self-important,
     self-opinionated, self-opinioned, solemn, stilted, stuffy, swollen,
     tumid, turgid

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