apocryphal

[ uh-pok-ruh-fuh l ]
/ əˈpɒk rə fəl /

adjective

of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. (initial capital letter)of or relating to the Apocrypha.
  2. of doubtful sanction; uncanonical.
false; spurious: He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed.

Nearby words

  1. apocrine chromesthesia,
  2. apocrine gland,
  3. apocrine metaplasia,
  4. apocrine sweat gland,
  5. apocrypha,
  6. apocryphal gospels,
  7. apocynaceous,
  8. apocynthion,
  9. apodal,
  10. apodeictic

Origin of apocryphal

First recorded in 1580–90; apocryph(a) + -al1

Related formsa·poc·ry·phal·ly, adverba·poc·ry·phal·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for apocryphal

apocryphal

/ (əˈpɒkrɪfəl) /

adjective

of questionable authenticity
(sometimes capital) of or like the Apocrypha
untrue; counterfeit
Derived Formsapocryphally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for apocryphal

apocryphal

adj.

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

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