- a person who is elected or claims to be pope in opposition to another held to be canonically chosen.
Origin of antipope
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Examples from the Web for antipope
Yet even now they seemed to shrink from the creation of an antipope.
But Boniface treated him as an antipope, and himself as the only Pope.Curiosities of Christian History
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.L-bas
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
- a rival pope elected in opposition to one who has been canonically chosen
Word Origin and History for antipope
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