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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 upheaval that accompanied and followed their efforts resulted in civil war in Germany, in the most horrible sacking of the city of Rome in its history, and in several generations of bitter contest between popes and antipopes and between popes and secular rulers.