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pseudepigrapha

[ soo-duh-pig-ruh-fuh ]
/ ˌsu dəˈpɪg rə fə /
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noun (used with a plural verb)
certain writings (other than the canonical books and the Apocrypha) professing to be Biblical in character.
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Origin of pseudepigrapha

1685–95; <New Latin <Greek, neuter plural of pseudepíigraphos falsely inscribed, bearing a false title. See pseud-, epigraph, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM pseudepigrapha

pseud·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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British Dictionary definitions for pseudepigrapha

Pseudepigrapha
/ (ˌsjuːdɪˈpɪɡrəfə) /

pl n
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 forms of Pseudepigrapha

Pseudepigraphic (ˌsjuːdɛpɪˈɡræfɪk), Pseudepigraphical or Pseudepigraphous, adjective

Word Origin for Pseudepigrapha

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