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apocryphal

a·poc·ry·phal

apocryphal

 
pronunciation:
pa kr fl
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of dubious authorship or authority.
Some apocryphal books were rejected by the Catholic church and were not included in the Old Testament.
antonyms:
authentic, canonical
similar words:
disputed, dubious, questionable, unconfirmed, unsubstantiated
definition 2: inauthentic; false.
Many believed his apocryphal claim that he was heir to the throne.The story they told the police about the ring being stolen turned out to be apocryphal.
synonyms:
false, inauthentic, spurious
antonyms:
authentic
similar words:
bogus, fake, forged, phony, sham
definition 3: (cap.) of or related to the Apocrypha.
derivation: apocryphally (adv.)
Word Parts
The word apocryphal contains the following parts:
crypt, crypto, cryph Greek root that means secret, hidden