from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person claiming to be or elected pope in opposition to the one chosen by church law, as during a schism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who usurps or is elected to the papal office in opposition to a pope held to be canonically chosen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who is elected pope in opposition to another person who is held to be canonically elected
Middle English, from Old French antipape, from Medieval Latin antipāpa : Latin anti-, anti- + pāpa, pope; see pope.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French antipape (later assimilated to anti- + pope), from Medieval Latin antipāpa. (Wiktionary)