an·​ti·​pope | \ ˈan-ti-ˌpōp How to pronounce antipope (audio) \

Definition of antipope

: 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, "Not Your Average Autograph Collection," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of antipope

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antipope

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

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“Antipope.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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