Apocryphal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj apocryphal being of questionable authenticity
    • adj Apocryphal of or belonging to the Apocrypha
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apocryphal Not canonical. Hence: Of doubtful authority; equivocal; mythic; fictitious; spurious; false. "The passages . . . are, however, in part from apocryphal or fictitious works."
    • Apocryphal Pertaining to the Apocrypha.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • apocryphal Of doubtful authorship, authenticity, or inspiration; spurious; fictitious; false.
    • apocryphal Specifically— Eccles.: Of doubtful sanction; uncanonical; having no ecclesiastical authority.
    • apocryphal Of or pertaining to the Apocrypha: as, “the Apocryphal writers,” Addison.
    • n apocryphal A writing not canonical; a book or passage of uncertain source, authority, or credit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Apocryphal of doubtful authority
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., 'things hidden'—apo, from, krypt-ein, to hide.

Usage

In literature:

The story is probably quite apocryphal, but the plant is an alien, and only grows in a few places.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
I don't talk apocryphally.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
I have sometimes heard this remarkable memoir called apocryphal, but without reason, except because its foresight is so remarkable.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 119, September, 1867" by Various
In its fullest form this apocryph consists of sixteen chapters, but i.-ii.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
One of the apocryphal books bears the name of Baruch.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
Two volumes of these apocryphs of the Old and New Testaments have recently been published at Venice.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
From Ezra to Malachi the translation is taken from Coverdale, as is also that of the Apocryphal books.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
Between apocryphal and canonical books no distinction is made.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris
In the beginning, several of these gospels, now regarded as apocryphal, were cited as authentic, and were even the only gospels that were cited.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Fifty gospels were fabricated and were afterwards declared apocryphal.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
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In poetry:

Fiend, get thee gone! no more repeat
Those sounds which do mine ears offend.
It is apocryphal, you cheat,
Your double murder in Mile End.
"Ballade of a Special Edition" by Amy Levy

In news:

T here's a legend, probably apocryphal, that the sharp bend in the border between Saudi Arabia and Jordan is the result of a slip of Winston Churchill's pencil while drawing up the dividing line between the two countries.
While critical studies of the 66 canonical books of the Bible are plentiful, fewer works have been written to explore the Old Testament Apocryphal books from a scholarly, critical standpoint.
The above apocryphal headline was more or less my initial reaction to this morning's paper, which was being handed out free downtown to tout the Chron 's first issue printed on new, state-of-the-art, very expensive Canadian presses.
It was a lawyer who told me an apocryphal story about two balloonists who, out on their maiden voyage, became hopelessly lost.
When the New Year arrived without catastrophe, most folks were content to forget all the apocryphal warnings of technological meltdown that preceded it.
Generations of reporters and food editors gave life to Vancouver Sun's apocryphal homemaker.
AN APOCRYPHAL tale is told about Henry Ford II showing Walter Reuther, the veteran leader of the United Automobile Workers, around a newly automated car plant.
Probably apocryphal, attributed to Emma Goldman.
This tale, perhaps apocryphal, is one that CIA officers still tell with glee.
There exists an old baseball story — apocryphal or not it doesn't matter — in which a curious young fan once asked Hall of Famer Ty Cobb if he could hit against modern-day pitching.
There's a story, perhaps apocryphal, about how a bunch of drunks overturned their boat one night in Lake Emory just outside of Franklin.
Though not accepted by the Church as scripture, the apocryphal gospel of James (written around the 2nd century) tells a charming story of how Joseph was chosen to be the earthly father of Jesus.
We refer, instead, to the apocryphal "audition process" that Ms Holmes won over other starlets like Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, and Scarlett Johansson.
In RFID circles, hopes for getting costs down rely on what skeptics deem the apocryphal five-cent tag .
There's a story -- quite possibly apocryphal -- that Abraham Lincoln once agreed to do a product endorsement.
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