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Definitions for apocryphal
əˈpɒk rə fəlapoc·ryphal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apocryphaladjective

    being of questionable authenticity

  2. Apocryphaladjective

    of or belonging to the Apocrypha

Wiktionary

  1. apocryphaladjective

    Of, or pertaining to, the Apocrypha.

    Etymology: From Late Latin apocryphus secret, not approved for public reading, from Greek apokryphos hidden, obscure, thus (books) of unknown authorship, from apo- away + kryptein to hide. Properly plural (the single would be apocryphon), but commonly treated as a collective singular. Apocryphal of doubtful authenticity is from 1590.

  2. apocryphaladjective

    Of doubtful authenticity, or lacking authority; not regarded as canonical.

    Many scholars consider the stories of the monk Teilo to be apocryphal.

    Etymology: From Late Latin apocryphus secret, not approved for public reading, from Greek apokryphos hidden, obscure, thus (books) of unknown authorship, from apo- away + kryptein to hide. Properly plural (the single would be apocryphon), but commonly treated as a collective singular. Apocryphal of doubtful authenticity is from 1590.

  3. apocryphaladjective

    Of dubious veracity; of questionable accuracy or truthfulness; anecdotal or in the nature of an urban legend.

    There is an apocryphal tale of a little boy plugging the dike with his finger.

    Etymology: From Late Latin apocryphus secret, not approved for public reading, from Greek apokryphos hidden, obscure, thus (books) of unknown authorship, from apo- away + kryptein to hide. Properly plural (the single would be apocryphon), but commonly treated as a collective singular. Apocryphal of doubtful authenticity is from 1590.

  4. Apocryphaladjective

    Of, or relating to the Apocrypha

    Etymology: From Late Latin apocryphus secret, not approved for public reading, from Greek apokryphos hidden, obscure, thus (books) of unknown authorship, from apo- away + kryptein to hide. Properly plural (the single would be apocryphon), but commonly treated as a collective singular. Apocryphal of doubtful authenticity is from 1590.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apocryphaladjective

    pertaining to the Apocrypha

  2. Apocryphaladjective

    not canonical. Hence: Of doubtful authority; equivocal; mythic; fictitious; spurious; false

Editors Contribution

  1. Apocryphal

    Not yet certified by few authorities-guess the text apocrypha may serve a purpose-guess it is read by roman catholic and some other christian groups.

    guess apocrypha history is pre 20 or 15 AD-at that time there were a lot of gentiles-guess people could read apocrypha maybe as a history book-it may also have tales in the Augustian and pre Augustian times -the creatures yeti (Abominable snowman)-though not seen by many has been seen reportedly by a few-and guess in nepal a lot think its real-so also is the lochness monster.

    Submitted by Lighthouse21 on March 24, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apocryphal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apocryphal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of apocryphal in a Sentence

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    Many people have never seen these animals, they have got this apocryphal mysterious kind reputation. They were believed – at least one species, the Ganges River shark – was believed to bite bathers in the Ganges River. But nobody ever saw them. It was a wonderful, frightening thing that some sort of monster grabs you but nobody knows what it is.

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    • A. tithe
    • B. imperviousness
    • C. congius
    • D. slur

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