Definition of Antichrist in US English:



usually the Antichrist
  • 1(in some Christian teachings) a personal opponent of Christ expected to appear before the end of the world.

    ‘the battle between Christ and the Antichrist’
    • ‘The Antichrist will come when you least expect it, but what do you call the Antichrist if you never believed in Christ, maker of barstools?’
    • ‘But it's about the apocalypse, and has Jesus, Satan and the Antichrist as characters, which I thought would guarantee some excitement.’
    • ‘One either has the Spirit of Christ, or he has the spirit of the Antichrist which is a demonic presence dwelling within him.’
    • ‘Yet he is completely taken in by the Antichrist, even though the latter has nothing material to offer Israel or anything to recommend himself except the aforementioned powers of memorization.’
    • ‘During this time, the Antichrist will appear, and say that he's God.’
    • ‘I realize that what I'm about to say makes me a bad person, but sometimes I wish the Antichrist had never been born.’
    • ‘It'll be like Elvis, only worse… (The Emperor Nero - popularly believed to be the Antichrist at the time - was spotted by lots of people after he died.)’
    • ‘And when the Antichrist finally appears, even many former Christians will welcome him - because their hearts will be of a kindred spirit!’
    • ‘Perhaps this is why the Antichrist will close all churches when he takes over.’
    • ‘In different groups, for instance, the Antichrist has been identified with both Adolf Hitler and the pope.’
    • ‘He used the power of the Antichrist to open Hell's gates, releasing billions of demons onto the Earth, killing most of and enslaving all of the human race.’
    • ‘Just remember that our plans involve giant corporations, mass death via poisoning, supersoldiers, and Jesus Christ/the Antichrist.’
    • ‘In the religious anxiety and turmoil of the late-Tudor period, the Beast of Revelation was identified as the Roman Catholic Church and the Antichrist as the Papacy.’
    • ‘Such rapprochement is tempered, however, as the novels identify the replacement pope as the Antichrist's false prophet.’
    • ‘By Edwards's time, it's taken for granted that the bishop of Rome is the Antichrist.’
    • ‘Now the only thing that can save mankind from her demon seed - destined to become the Antichrist - is an exorcism.’
    • ‘Those who opposed the changes, believing that they were the work of the Antichrist, broke away from the main body of the Church and, refusing to abandon the old practices, were violently persecuted for their beliefs.’
    • ‘This returns us to the themes which Jung encountered in the two fish of Pisces, the fish of Christ and Antichrist, spirit and matter.’
    • ‘I answered, ‘You talk about dreaming dreams, I have seen the Antichrist and Jesus.’’
    • ‘The picture he gives is that ordinary Anglicans looked on Catholics as idolaters and the pope as the Antichrist.’
    1. 1.1 A person or force seen as opposing Christ or the Christian Church.
      ‘St. Paul really did have to fear for his life at the hands of an Antichrist named Nero’
      • ‘The first two Antichrists in Nostradamus's prophecies have been identified as Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler.’
      • ‘He describes anyone who preaches a false Christian doctrine as an antichrist.’
      • ‘No, Paul was not an antichrist, of which there are many according to the scriptures.’
      • ‘Judas Iscariot was considered for 20 centuries and by hundreds of millions of believers as an antichrist of the worst kind.’
      • ‘His is a mission of which an Antichrist of old would barely have dared to conceive.’
    2. 1.2 A person or thing regarded as supremely evil or as a fundamental enemy or opponent.
      ‘I see the media as the Antichrist’
      • ‘A shaken rival who experienced his business methods first-hand dubbed him the "Antichrist of finance".’
      • ‘He describes himself as the Anti-Christ of Silicon Valley.’
      • ‘The bank is the anti-Christ of free market capitalism.’
      • ‘Hes the Antichrist of the Republican party.’
      • ‘These dudes seem the antithesis of the greed-is-good ethic which made Wall Street's Gordon Gekko the antichrist of 1980s' conspicuous wealth.’


Old English, via Old French or ecclesiastical Latin from Greek antikhristos, from anti ‘against’ + Khristos (see Christ).