a person who is elected or statements to-be pope against the pope canonically opted for esp placed on those popes which resided at Avignon through the Great Schism
- someone who is chosen pope against another individual that is held is canonically chosen
- one that is elected, or claims to be, pope in opposition towards pope canonically opted for; esp. applied to those popes just who resided at Avignon during the Great Schism.
in addition anti-pope, early 15c. (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Medieval Latin antipapa, from Greek anti- "against" (see anti-) + papa (see pope).
(n.) A person who is elected, or claims becoming, pope towards the pope canonically selected; esp. applied to those popes just who lived at Avignon during Great Schism.
Throughout the major part of his pontificate he had to reckon with the presence of the powerful antipope Clement III.