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pontificate on (something)

To speak about some issue in a particularly pompous, pretentious, or imperious manner. The principal lined us all up in the room and pontificated on the importance of hard work and discipline. It feels like we can't get through a single day in the office without my manager pontificating on how much better things were when she was first starting out in the industry.
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pontificate on something

to speak and act dogmatically and pompously. Must you pontificate on your own virtues so much? The speaker was pontificating on the virtues of a fat-free diet.
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Francis obviously wanted to emphasize that he sees dialogue between Muslims and Christians as very important for his pontificate.
Instead, his pontificate reveals three important twelfth-century trends: the rise of learned law, the professionalization of the courts, and the increasing litigiousness of Western society.
Francis affirms the theology of the council and unites to it in an inseparable way, effectively giving his pontificate greater reach, both backward and forward.
For a quiet scholar of Benedict's gentle demeanor and genuine spiritual life, his pontificate was more of turbulence than of calm: The 'Vatileaks' scam, the disparaging view of the Italian press on Vatican as a hotbed of power struggles, their talk about the tensions over succession, direction that Church was to take, financial wrong doing, allegations of money laundering, the loss of the Pope's grip on his aides and key issues and the most shocking revelations of priests abusing children et al certainly were issues hot enough to burn away his 'strength of body and mind'.
Most of the essays in this welcome collection had their origin in papers presented at sessions on the pontificate of Clement VII, organized by the editors, Kenneth Gouwens and Sheryl E.
Since the interminable pontificate of Bill Cosby in the late 1980s, celebrities, usually uncomplicated by something to say, have, well, pontificated on fatherhood, that subgenre of memoir that's proliferated with the clumsy excess of pigeons.
JUSTICE Minister Calamity Jamieson can pontificate all she likes about rooting out drug barons and gangsters.
If you've heard Gerecht pontificate on the Middle East, you might find his views a little more hawkish than your own.
His pontificate was shaped by the need to confront a wide range of problems including heresy, perceived threats from Islam and the Orthodox Church as well as the institutional crisis of the church's failure to meet the changing spiritual needs of lay society.
But the point--and the beauty--of this is not that we get pontificate or otherwise hold forth, but that you get to communicate with a group of like-minded people who are part of the auto industry.
Written over the last several months, the provisionally titled 'The Rome Triptych: The Meditations of John Paul II' will be the first book of poems to be published by the Pope since the start of his pontificate in 1978.
One of the more richly satisfying experiences in life is to see a pontificator caught up in a real situation where he can no longer pontificate, but must participate.
The legislation's provisions and possible shortcomings are the stuff for pundits to pontificate on, though history will be the ultimate arbiter.
And we just barely missed getting Linda Chavez into the cabinet, where she could have continued to pontificate about the dangers of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.