from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Spurious writings, especially writings falsely attributed to biblical characters or times.
- n.pl. A body of texts written between 200 B.C. and A.D. 200 and spuriously ascribed to various prophets and kings of Hebrew Scriptures.
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- n. Writings falsely ascribed to biblical times, especially to 3rd century Judaic scripture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Spurious writings; specifically, those writings which profess to be Biblical in character and inspired in authorship, but are not adjudged genuine by the general consent of scholars; those professedly Biblical books which are regarded as neither canonical nor inspired, and from their character are not worthy of use in religious worship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 52 texts written between 200 BC and AD 200 but ascribed to various prophets and kings in the Hebrew scriptures; many are apocalyptic in nature
Greek, from neuter pl. of pseudepigraphos, falsely ascribed : pseudēs, false; see pseudo- + epigraphein, to inscribe (epi-, epi- + graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)