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[soo-duh-pig-ruh-fuh] /ˌsu dəˈpɪg rə fə/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
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
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[soo-dep-i-graf-ik] /ˌsu dɛp ɪˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
pseudepigraphical, pseudepigraphous, pseudepigraphal, adjective Unabridged
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plural noun
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 Testament Also called (in the Roman Catholic Church) Apocrypha
Derived Forms
Pseudepigraphic (ˌsjuːdɛpɪˈɡræfɪk), Pseudepigraphical, Pseudepigraphous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Greek pseudepigraphos falsely entitled, from pseudo- + epigraphein to inscribe
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