from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An enemy of Christ.
- n. The epithet of the great antagonist who was expected by the early Church to set himself up against Christ in the last days before the Second Coming.
- n. A false Christ.
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- n. One who works against the teachings of Christ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A denier or opponent of Christ. Specif.: A great antagonist, person or power, expected to precede Christ's second coming.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An opponent of Christ; a person or power antagonistic to Christ.
- n. The word occurs in the Scriptures only in the Epistles of John; but the same person or power is elsewhere referred to (2 Thes. ii. 1–12; 1 Tim. iv. 1–3; 2 Pet. ii. 1). Interpreters of Scripture differ in their understanding of these references. Some suppose them to relate to a lawless but impersonal power, a spirit opposed to Christianity; some to a historic personage or potentate, as Caligula, Titus, the pope, or Luther; some to a great power for evil yet to be manifested and gathered about a central personal agency. Roman Catholic writers commonly interpret the word generically of any adversary of Christ and of the authority of the church, but specifically as the last and greatest persecutor of the Christian church at the end of the world. The name has also been applied to the pretenders to the messiahship, or false Christs (Mat. xxiv. 24), who have arisen at various periods, as being antagonistic to the true Christ. Of these as many as sixty-four have been reckoned, including some of little importance, and also some, as Mohammed, who cannot properly be classed among them.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Christianity) the adversary of Christ (or Christianity) mentioned in the New Testament; the Antichrist will rule the world until overthrown by the Second Coming of Christ
Middle English Antecrist, from Old French and from Old English, both from Late Latin Antichrīstus, from Late Greek Antikhrīstos : Greek anti-, anti- + Greek Khrīstos, Christ; see Christ.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
anti- + Christ (Wiktionary)