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pseudepigrapha

[soo-duh-pig-ruh-fuh]
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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. certain writings (other than the canonical books and the Apocrypha) professing to be Biblical in character.

Origin of pseudepigrapha

1685–95; < New Latin < Greek, neuter plural of pseudepíigraphos falsely inscribed, bearing a false title. See pseud-, epigraph, -ous
Related formspseud·ep·i·graph·ic [soo-dep-i-graf-ik] /ˌsu dɛp ɪˈgræf ɪk/, pseud·ep·i·graph·i·cal, pseud·e·pig·ra·phous, pseud·e·pig·ra·phal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pseudepigrapha

Historical Examples

  • Daniel also deals with the fate of the kingdoms of the world, but in the Apocalyptic fashion of the Pseudepigrapha.

    Expositor's Bible: The Book of Jeremiah

    William Henry Bennett


British Dictionary definitions for pseudepigrapha

Pseudepigrapha

pl n
  1. various Jewish writings from the first century bc to the first century ad that claim to have been divinely revealed but which have been excluded from the Greek canon of the Old TestamentAlso called (in the Roman Catholic Church): Apocrypha
Derived FormsPseudepigraphic (ˌsjuːdɛpɪˈɡræfɪk), Pseudepigraphical or Pseudepigraphous, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Greek pseudepigraphos falsely entitled, from pseudo- + epigraphein to inscribe
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