A person who claims or claimed to be the pope as the result of a disputed election, but is not considered by the Roman Catholic Church to be the real pope.

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  • Antipope — • A false claimant of the Holy See in opposition to a pontiff canonically elected Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Antipope     Antipope      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Antipope — An ti*pope, n. One who is elected, or claims to be, pope in opposition to the pope canonically chosen; esp. applied to those popes who resided at Avignon during the Great Schism. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • antipope — (n.) also anti pope, early 15c. (mid 13c. in Anglo Latin), from M.L. antipapa, from Gk. anti against (see ANTI (Cf. anti )) + papa (see POPE (Cf. pope)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • antipope — [an′ti pōp΄; an′tēpōp, an′tīpōp] n. a pope set up against the one chosen by church laws, as in a schism …   English World dictionary

  • Antipope — For the book by Robert Rankin, see The Antipope. An antipope (Latin: antipapa) is a person who opposes a legitimately elected or sitting Pope and makes a significantly accepted competing claim to be the Pope,[1] the Bishop of Rome and leader of… …   Wikipedia

  • antipope — /an ti pohp /, n. a person who is elected or claims to be pope in opposition to another held to be canonically chosen. [1570 80; ANTI + POPE; r. antipape < ML antipapa, modeled on Antichristus ANTICHRIST] * * * In Roman Catholicism, a person who… …   Universalium

  • antipope — noun Etymology: Middle English antepope, from Middle French antipape, from Medieval Latin antipapa, from anti + papa pope Date: 15th century one elected or claiming to be pope in opposition to the pope canonically chosen …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ANTIPOPE —    a pope elected by a civil power in opposition to one elected by the cardinals, or one self elected and usurped; there were some 26 of such, first and last …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • antipope — n. pope who is elected in opposition to a canonically chosen pope …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Antipope —    One who claims to be Pope in opposition to the lawfully elected Pope …   Who’s Who in Christianity

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