pontifex

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

According to the scholarly consensus, a compound originally meaning "bridge-maker", i.e. "one who negotiates between gods and men". From pon(ti) (bridge) +‎ -fex (suffix representing a maker or producer).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pontifex m (genitive pontificis); third declension

  1. a high priest, State minister in ancient Rome
  2. a pontiff or bishop of the early Christian church, now specifically the Pope

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative pontifex pontificēs
genitive pontificis pontificum
dative pontificī pontificibus
accusative pontificem pontificēs
ablative pontifice pontificibus
vocative pontifex pontificēs

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • Michiel de Vaan (2008), Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, page 480

Slovak[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pontifex.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pontifex m (genitive singular pontifika, nominative plural pontifikovia)

  1. a high priest in ancient Rome
  2. a pontiff or bishop of the early Christian church, now specifically the Pope

Declension[edit]