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They hear British news reports they cannot understand; they hear a Berlin woman pontificating about the proper makeup for a cocktail party.
Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner (as though much smarter than others and not concerned with their views)

Much more rarely, pontificate can reference the term of office of a pontiff (pope) or to administration of that office.
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