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[an-ti-krahyst] /ˈæn tɪˌkraɪst/
noun, Theology.
a particular personage or power, variously identified or explained, who is conceived of as appearing in the world as the principal antagonist of Christ.
(sometimes lowercase) an opponent of Christ; a person or power antagonistic to Christ.
(often lowercase) a disbeliever in Christ.
(often lowercase) a false Christ.
Origin of Antichrist
before 1150; Middle English, Old English < Late Latin Antichrīstus < Late Greek Antíchrīstos the Antichrist. See anti-, Christ Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Antichrist


(New Testament) the antagonist of Christ, expected by early Christians to appear and reign over the world until overthrown at Christ's Second Coming
(sometimes not capital) an enemy of Christ or Christianity
Derived Forms
Antichristian, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Antichrist



c.1300, from Late Latin antichristus, from Greek antikhristos [I John ii:18], from anti- "against" (see anti-) + khristos (see Christ).

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Antichrist in Culture

Antichrist definition

A person mentioned in the New Testament as an enemy of Jesus, who will appear before the Second Coming and win over many of Jesus' followers. The Antichrist is often identified with a beast described in the Book of Revelation, whom God destroys just before the final defeat of Satan.

Note: Since the New Testament was written, people have frequently tried to prove that an individual human being was the Antichrist. Some of the candidates have been the Roman emperors Nero and Caligula and the modern dictators Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
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