An·​ti·​christ | \ˈan-tē-ˌkrīst, -ˌtī-\
variants: or less commonly antichrist or Anti-Christ or anti-Christ

Definition of Antichrist 

1 : one who denies or opposes Christ specifically : a great antagonist expected to fill the world with wickedness but to be conquered forever by Christ at his second coming

2 used in an exaggerated way to describe a person regarded as a powerful and malevolent adversary usually used with the With time this contrast hardened into hacker iconography. Gates was the anti-Christ, a man whose corporate stranglehold on the software industry had left it awash in ugly products.— Robert Wright

First Known Use of Antichrist

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Antichrist

Middle English anticrist, from Old English & Late Latin; Old English antecrist, from Late Latin Antichristus, from Greek Antichristos, from anti- + Christos Christ

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obstinately defiant of authority

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