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antilegomena

[ an-ti-luh-gom-uh-nuh ]
/ ˌæn tɪ ləˈgɒm ə nə /
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noun (used with a singular verb)

a group of books in the New Testament, generally held to be uncanonical by the early church.

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Origin of antilegomena

1840–50; <Greek: things spoken against, neuter plural of antilegómenos (passive present participle of antilégein to speak against), equivalent to anti-anti- + lego- speak + -menos passive present participle suffix
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Example sentences from the Web for antilegomena

  • The inventive minds of scholars designated a group of writings in the Alexandrian canon as "Antilegomena."

  • The canon was not, however, completed in its present form; for the right of certain books—the so-called antilegomena, chap.

  • The grounds on which each of the disputed books—Antilegomena, chap.

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