A Word A Day : Apocryphal
Wednesday, 6th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...
Apocryphal( 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 TestamentEtymology:
The term Apocrypha
was coined by the fifth-century biblical scholar St. Jerome.Apocryphal
is a derivative of the word Apocrypha
• 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 hideSynonyms
Erroneous, Questionable, fake, counterfeit, doubtful, dubious, equivocal, false, fictitious, inaccurate, mythical, spurious, unauthenticated, ungenuine, unsubstantiated, untrue, unverified, wrongm fictional, legendary, invented, made-up, UncanonicalAntonyms
Authentic, doubtless, real, true, substantiatedQuestionable
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.Contextual Examples:
• 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.Related Words:
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