Definition of Apocryphal

1. Adjective. Being of questionable authenticity.

Similar to: Questionable



2. Adjective. Of or belonging to the Apocrypha.
Partainyms: Apocrypha
Derivative terms: Apocrypha

Definition of Apocryphal

1. a. Pertaining to the Apocrypha.

Definition of Apocryphal

1. Adjective. Of, or relating to the Apocrypha ¹

2. Adjective. Of, or pertaining to, the Apocrypha. ¹

3. Adjective. Of doubtful authenticity, or lacking authority; not regarded as canonical. ¹

4. Adjective. Of dubious veracity; of questionable accuracy or truthfulness; anecdotal or in the nature of an urban legend. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Apocryphal

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Apocryphal

1. 1. Pertaining to the Apocrypha. 2. Not canonical. Hence: Of doubtful authority; equivocal; mythic; fictitious; spurious; false. "The passages . . . Are, however, in part from apocryphal or fictitious works." (Sir G. C. Lewis) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Apocryphal

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1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"apocryphal Act» of the Apostles from Syriac MSS., London. 1871; AS Lewis, Mythological Act* nf the Apostle* from an Arabic MS., ib. 1904. ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"Ou> TESTAMENT apocryphal BOOKS We shall now proceed to enumerate the apocryphal books: first the Apocrypha Proper, and next the rest of the Old and New ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"(3) Chief Differences between Canonical and apocryphal Gospels. ... The only apocryphal work which was at all generally received, and relied upon, ..."

4. An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by Thomas Hartwell Horne (1841)
"The apocryphal books are all curious, and some of th«n extremely valuable. ... the Greek apocryphal woof are highly deserving of notice ; but, ..."

5. The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages by Henry Osborn Taylor (1901)
"Much of this apocryphal literature received its earliest form among Gnostics or Ebionites; and the narratives were shaped in accordance with the teachings ..."

6. The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages by Henry Osborn Taylor (1911)
"Much of this apocryphal literature received its earliest form among Gnostics or Ebionites; and the narratives were shaped in accordance with the teachings ..."

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