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.

2.

Of or pertaining to the building of bridges.

[R.]

Now had they brought the work by wondrous art Pontifical, a ridge of pendent rock Over the vexed abyss. Milton.

 

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Pon*tif"ic*al, n. [F.]

1.

A book containing the offices, or formulas, used by a pontiff.

South.

2. pl.

The dress and ornaments of a pontiff.

"Dressed in full pontificals."

Sir W. Scott.

 

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