an·​ti·​pope ˈan-ti-ˌpōp How to pronounce antipope (audio)
: one elected or claiming to be pope in opposition to the pope canonically chosen

Examples of antipope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The oldest item in the show is a 12th-century parchment papal bull, signed by the reigning pope, Anastasius IV; three future popes; one future antipope; and one future saint. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 12 July 2018

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Word History


Middle English antepope, from Middle French antipape, from Medieval Latin antipapa, from anti- + papa pope

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antipope was in the 15th century

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“Antipope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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