Apocryphal A*poc"ry*phal, a. 1. Pertaining to the Apocrypha. [1913 Webster]

2. Not canonical. Hence: Of doubtful authority; equivocal; mythic; fictitious; spurious; false. [1913 Webster]

The passages . . . are, however, in part from apocryphal or fictitious works. --Sir G. C. Lewis. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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