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apocrypha

noun plural but singular or plural in construction apoc·ry·pha \ə-ˈpä-krə-fə\

Definition of APOCRYPHA

1
:  writings or statements of dubious authenticity
2
capitalized
a :  books included in the Septuagint and Vulgate but excluded from the Jewish and Protestant canons of the Old Testament — see bible table
b :  early Christian writings not included in the New Testament
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Origin of APOCRYPHA

Medieval Latin, from Late Latin, neuter plural of apocryphus secret, not canonical, from Greek apokryphos obscure, from apokryptein to hide away, from apo- + kryptein to hide — more at crypt
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Bible Terms

antediluvian, apocalyptic, behemoth

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