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pontificateverb [I]

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

pontificatenoun [C]

uk   /pɒnˈtɪf.ɪ.kət/  us   /pɑːn-/ formal
the ​period of ​office of a pope (= ​leader of the ​RomanCatholic Church): The ​decision was made during the pontificate of Pope John XX.
(Definition of pontificate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pontificateverb [I]

 us   /pɑnˈtɪf·ɪˌkeɪt/
to ​speak in an ​importantmanner as if only ​youropinion was ​correct: Experts get on the ​tube and pontificate about the ​economy.
(Definition of pontificate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pontificate”
in Chinese (Simplified) 自以为是地发表意见, 发表武断的意见…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自以為是地發表意見, 發表武斷的意見…
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