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pontificate

verb [I] uk   /pɒnˈtɪf.ɪ.keɪt/ us    /pɑːn-/ disapproving
to speak or write and give your opinion about something as if you knew everything about it and as if only your opinion was correct: I think it should be illegal for non-parents to pontificate on/about parenting.

pontificate

noun [C] uk   /pɒnˈtɪf.ɪ.kət/ us    /pɑːn-/ formal
the period of office of a pope (= leader of the Roman Catholic Church): The decision was made during the pontificate of Pope John XX.
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