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

Origin of antipope

1570–80; anti- + pope; replacing antipape < Medieval Latin antipāpa, modeled on Antichrīstus Antichrist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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