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apocryphal

[uh-pok-ruh-fuh l] /əˈpɒk rə fəl/
adjective
1.
of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
2.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Apocrypha.
  2. of doubtful sanction; uncanonical.
3.
false; spurious:
He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed.
Origin of apocryphal
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; apocryph(a) + -al1
Related forms
apocryphally, adverb
apocryphalness, noun
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apocryphal

/əˈpɒkrɪfəl/
adjective
1.
of questionable authenticity
2.
(sometimes capital) of or like the Apocrypha
3.
untrue; counterfeit
Derived Forms
apocryphally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for apocryphal
adj.

1580s, "of doubtful authenticity," from Apocrypha + -al (1). Middle English had apocrive (late 14c.) in same sense.

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