adjective apoc·ry·phal \ə-ˈpä-krə-fəl\

: well-known but probably not true

Full Definition of APOCRYPHAL

:  of doubtful authenticity :  spurious
often capitalized :  of or resembling the Apocrypha
apoc·ry·phal·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
apoc·ry·phal·ness noun

Examples of APOCRYPHAL

  1. an apocryphal story about the president's childhood
  2. During these men's professional lives, Wall Street has become accustomed to getting what it wants from Washington. America's top bankers have an even longer history of not giving a hoot what the public thinks. Sample (possibly apocryphal) quote from the original J.P. Morgan: I owe the public nothing. —Daniel Gross, Newsweek, 23 Feb. 2009


(see apocrypha)
First Known Use: 1590

Other Bible Terms

antediluvian, apocalyptic, apocrypha, behemoth


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