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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.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) a rival pope elected in opposition to one who has been canonically chosen
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(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"
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[ˈæntɪpəʊp] Nantipapa m
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Nor did the fathers assembled at the Council of Constance [1414-1418], many of whom owed their high offices to the Avignonese pontiffs, declare the latter to be "antipopes." Unlike the subsequent chapters, moreover, which are usually written in a crisp and lively fashion, this introductory section comes through as a somewhat labored piece of work.
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Gregory XII agreed to resign the following year, succeeded by Pope Martin V (although some entities refused to recognize him and some antipopes continued to reign).
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