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Pilate (n.)

c. 1400 as a term of reproach, from the Roman surname, especially that of Pontius, a governor of Judaea, from Latin Pilatus, literally "armed with javelins," from pilum "javelin" (see pile (n.2)). Among slang and cant uses of Pontius Pilate mentioned in the 1811 "Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence" is "(Cambridge) a Mr. Shepherd of Trinity College; who disputing with a brother parson on the comparative rapidity with which they read the liturgy, offered to give him as far as Pontius Pilate in the Belief."

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Definitions of Pilate from WordNet

Pilate (n.)
the Roman procurator of Judea who ordered that Jesus be crucified (died in AD 36);
Synonyms: Pontius Pilate
From wordnet.princeton.edu