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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
Pontiff, or High-Priest
a person who has the superintendence and direction of divine worship, as the offering of sacrifices, and other religious solemnities. The Romans had a college of pontiffs, called by them "pontifici." (See PONTIFEX).
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Pontiff, or High-Priest'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/p/pontiff-or-high-priest.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.