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  1. a person who is elected or claims to be pope in opposition to another held to be canonically chosen.
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Origin of antipope

1570–80; anti- + pope; replacing antipape < Medieval Latin antipāpa, modeled on Antichrīstus Antichrist
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Historical Examples

  • Yet even now they seemed to shrink from the creation of an antipope.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07


  • But Boniface treated him as an antipope, and himself as the only Pope.

  • Lewis answered the pope by setting up an antipope against him.

    Sketches of Church History

    James Craigie Robertson

  • The object of this one is to elect an antipope who will be the exterminating Antichrist.


    J. K. Huysmans

  • What a God-given opportunity to humble the Antipope and bring the unfriendly kings to his feet!

    Peter the Hermit

    Daniel A. Goodsell

British Dictionary definitions for antipope


  1. a rival pope elected in opposition to one who has been canonically chosen
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Word Origin and History for antipope


also anti-pope, early 15c. (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Medieval Latin antipapa, from Greek anti- "against" (see anti-) + papa (see pope).

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