Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Amadeus VIII (1391-1434), known as the antipope Felix V (q. v.), was made a duke by Emperor Sigismund in 1416; in 1422 he received the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • Nevertheless, Monsieur de Savoie, for so Charles VII called the antipope, was united to him by ties of blood.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07

  • This schism was an internal dispute within the Catholic Church resulting in French cardinals electing an "antipope" (Clement VII) in order to dispute the authority of recently elected Pope Urban VI.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • This schism was an internal dispute within the Catholic Church resulting in French cardinals electing an "antipope" (Clement VII) in order to dispute the authority of the recently elected Pope Urban VI.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • A Council of Constance was convened under an "antipope" (not the official pope), and this Council tried Huss in 1414 and burned him at the stake, making him a martyr.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Glen Cook liberally uses European High Middle Ages, blending together: crusades, pope (and antipope), Jews, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the King of Spain, Janissaries, ruling noble families of Rome caught in everlasting cloak and dagger games for papacy, corruption of the medieval Catholic Church, catharism and it's centre the Languedoc and last, but not least the Vikings and their pantheon.

    Glen Cook - The Tyranny of the Night (Book Review)

  • However, this bold stroke proved to be an error, for he was unable to obtain recognition from the French and Burgundian nobility and went down in history as an antipope.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • These efforts were crowned when in 1449 the antipope Felix resigned, the Council of Basle dissolved itself, and the German Emperor accepted the authority of Eugenius.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • In 1439, when the last thing the Church needed was another schism, it elected an antipope, Felix V.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • An outcast girl regales a princeling with strange stories featuring shape-shifting sorceresses, a bawdy, hard-drinking mermaid-like creature named Grog, and, yes, vegetarian dog-headed monks sent to kill a female antipope.

    Look, Ma!

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