apocryphal definition

  • adjective:
    • Of debateable authorship or credibility.
    • Erroneous; fictitious: "Wildly apocryphal rumors about starvation in Petrograd . . . raced through Russia's trenches” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
    • Bible Of or having to do with the Apocrypha.
    • Of, or pertaining to, the Apocrypha.
    • Of doubtful credibility, or lacking expert; perhaps not considered to be canonical.
    • Of dubious veracity; of debateable accuracy or truthfulness; anecdotal or in the type of an urban legend.
    • Pertaining to the Apocrypha.
    • Not canonical. Hence: Of skeptical authority; equivocal; mythic; fictitious; spurious; untrue.
    • of or of the Apocrypha
    • being of questionable credibility
  • others:
    • Of skeptical authorship, credibility, or determination; spurious; fictitious; untrue.
    • especially— Eccles.: Of skeptical sanction; uncanonical; having no ecclesiastical expert.
    • Of or pertaining to the Apocrypha: as, “the Apocryphal writers,” Addison.
  • noun:
    • A writing maybe not canonical; a novel or passage through of uncertain source, authority, or credit.

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