antipope

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From Middle French antipape (later assimilated to anti- +‎ pope), from Medieval Latin antipāpa.

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antipope (plural antipopes)

  1. (Christianity) 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.
    • 2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge 2008, p. 59:
      Meanwhile support for the ‘puppet’ antipope Nicholas V, deprived of his protector and by now excommunicated along with his emperor, rapidly withered away.

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