Wednesday, 6th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : a-pó-kri-f'l
1. probably not true, but widely believed to be true
2. Ecclesiastical: Of or having to do with the Apocrypha
3. Of questionable authorship or authenticity
4. Erroneous, fictitious
5. Related to the Old Testament
The term Apocrypha was coined by the fifth-century biblical scholar St. Jerome.
Apocryphal is a derivative of the word Apocrypha which means...
Unauthentic writings: writings or reports that are not regarded as authentic
Biblical writings of disputed authenticity: books of the Bible that are included in the Vulgate and Septuagint versions of the Christian Bible, but not in the Protestant Bible or the Hebrew canon
Early Christian writings: a group of Christian writings dating from the early centuries ad that are not...
Middle English apocripha - not authentic, from Late Latin Apocrypha - the Apocrypha, from Greek Apokrupha, neuter pl. of apokruphos, secret, hidden, from apokruptein, to hide away : apo-, apo- + kruptein, kruph-, to hide
Erroneous, Questionable, fake, counterfeit, doubtful, dubious, equivocal, false, fictitious, inaccurate, mythical, spurious, unauthenticated, ungenuine, unsubstantiated, untrue, unverified, wrongm fictional, legendary, invented, made-up, Uncanonical
Authentic, doubtless, real, true, substantiated
Questionable means open to doubt, disagreement, or challenge - or of dubious morality, honesty, or respectability.
Questioning (adjective) means showing curiosity or inquiring about - or (noun) an inquiry or interrogation.
His books on England are treated with an apocryphal look by the scholars.
The story of Noah and the flood is apocryphal.
Wildly apocryphal rumors about starvation in Petrograd raced through Russia's trenches.
He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed.
apocryphally : Adverb
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