Pilate

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The surname is from Latin Pīlātus (a Roman cognomen, literally armed with javelins), from pilum (javelin, pestle), of unknown ultimate origin.

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Pilate

  1. (biblical) Pontius Pilate, the man who, according to the Bible, ordered the crucifixion of Jesus.
    • 1968, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger (lyrics and music), “Sympathy for the Devil”, in Beggars Banquet, performed by Rolling Stones:
      I was 'round when Jesus Christ / Had his moment of doubt and pain / Made damn sure that Pilate / Washed his hands and sealed his fate

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Pīlāte m

  1. vocative of Pīlātus