What does apocryphal mean?

apocryphal meaning in General Dictionary

regarding the Apocrypha

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  • becoming of dubious credibility
  • of or from the Apocrypha
  • with respect to the Apocrypha.
  • perhaps not canonical. For this reason: Of skeptical authority; equivocal; mythic; fictitious; spurious; untrue.

apocryphal meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1580s, "of skeptical credibility," from Apocrypha + -al (1). Middle English had apocrive (late 14c.) in same feeling.


apocryphal meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) with respect to the Apocrypha.

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  • (a.) Perhaps not canonical. Ergo: Of doubtful expert; equivocal; mythic; fictitious; spurious; untrue.

Sentence Examples with the word apocryphal

The apocryphal book, The Acts of Andrew, mentioned by Eusebius, Epiphanius and others, is generally attributed to Leucius the Gnostic. It was edited and published by C. Tischendorf in the Ada Apostolorum apocrypha (Leipzig, 1821).

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