Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun pontifical

1 sense of pontifical

Sense 1
pontifical -- (the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff (especially a bishop))
       => vestment -- (gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy)

Antonyms of adj pontifical

1 of 3 senses of pontifical

Sense 3
grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, pontifical, portentous -- (puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek)

INDIRECT (VIA pretentious) -> unpretentious -- (lacking pretension or affectation; "an unpretentious country church"; "her quiet unpretentious demeanor")

Similarity of adj pontifical

3 senses of pontifical

Sense 1
papal, apostolic, apostolical, pontifical -- (proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles; "papal dispensation")

Sense 2
episcopal, pontifical -- (denoting or governed by or relating to a bishop or bishops)

Sense 3
grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, pontifical, portentous -- (puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek)
       => pretentious (vs. unpretentious) -- (making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition")

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