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A person claiming to be or elected pope in opposition to the one chosen by church law, as during a schism.

[Middle English, from Old French antipape, from Medieval Latin antipāpa : Latin anti-, anti- + pāpa, pope; see pope.]


(Roman Catholic Church) a rival pope elected in opposition to one who has been canonically chosen


(ˈæn tɪˌpoʊp)

a person who is elected or claims to be pope in opposition to another held to be canonically chosen.
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Noun1.antipope - someone who is elected pope in opposition to another person who is held to be canonically elected; "the antipopes resided in Avignon during the Great Schism"


[ˈæntɪpəʊp] Nantipapa m


nGegenpapst m
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The dispute deteriorated into further complications in 1409 when a church council in Pisa elected yet another anti-pope, Alexander V, who lasted about a year, until he was succeeded by John XXIII.
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Mark Rawlinson, who now describes himself as a secular humanist, saying he turned his back on the Catholic faith after becoming "disillusioned" by the Church, was joined by around 20 anti-Pope campaigners in what he described as a "peaceful" protest.
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