pontifex

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pontifex.

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Noun[edit]

pontifex (plural pontifices)

  1. (historical) A pontiff, or high priest, in Ancient Rome.

Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Often interpreted as a compound originally meaning “bridge-maker”, from pōns (bridge) +‎ -fex (suffix representing a maker or producer), either metaphorically “one who negotiates between gods and men” or literally if at some point the social class which supplied the priests was more or less identical with engineers that were responsible for building bridges.

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.

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

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Slovak[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pontifex.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pontifex m (genitive singular pontifika, nominative plural pontifikovia, genitive plural pontifikov, declension pattern of chlap)

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

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Further reading[edit]

  • pontifex in Slovak dictionaries at korpus.sk