from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of questionable authorship or authenticity.
- adj. Erroneous; fictitious: "Wildly apocryphal rumors about starvation in Petrograd . . . raced through Russia's trenches” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
- adj. Bible Of or having to do with the Apocrypha.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or pertaining to, the Apocrypha.
- adj. Of doubtful authenticity, or lacking authority; not regarded as canonical.
- adj. Of dubious veracity; of questionable accuracy or truthfulness; anecdotal or in the nature of an urban legend.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to the Apocrypha.
- adj. Not canonical. Hence: Of doubtful authority; equivocal; mythic; fictitious; spurious; false.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of doubtful authorship, authenticity, or inspiration; spurious; fictitious; false.
- Specifically— Eccles.: Of doubtful sanction; uncanonical; having no ecclesiastical authority.
- Of or pertaining to the Apocrypha: as, “the Apocryphal writers,” Addison.
- n. A writing not canonical; a book or passage of uncertain source, authority, or credit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or belonging to the Apocrypha
- adj. being of questionable authenticity
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. (Wiktionary)