- of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
- (initial capital letter)of or relating to the Apocrypha.
- of doubtful sanction; uncanonical.
- false; spurious: He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed.
Origin of apocryphal
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Examples from the Web for apocryphal
The quote is apocryphal, but that has not changed its significance for Army football players.A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down
December 13, 2014
There are plenty of examples of Christians editing Jewish apocryphal traditions for their own communities.Jesus Christ, Baby Daddy?
November 12, 2014
Many of the quotes are mysteriously sourced, apocryphal, or misattributed.Russell Brand’s Revolution For Morons
November 2, 2014
Lovely stuff, but someone should tell the future congresswoman that every one of these quotes is apocryphal.Fire the Crackpots of Congress! (And Replace Them with New Crackpots!)
October 27, 2013
This is apocryphal; I may choose whether I will believe it or no.The Comedies of William Congreve
The following tale is perhaps the most apocryphal in our series.
Most of us have heard of the apocryphal American who “does Europe” in a fortnight!
A tale is told of the origin of the names of some of the islands, which is original, if apocryphal.America, Volume 5 (of 6)
Let the fourth Gospel be apocryphal, allow that chapter xxi.English Conferences of Ernest Renan
- of questionable authenticity
- (sometimes capital) of or like the Apocrypha
- untrue; counterfeit
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Word Origin and History for apocryphal
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