plural noun

ag·​ra·​pha ˈa-grə-fə How to pronounce agrapha (audio)
: sayings of Jesus not in the canonical gospels but found in other New Testament or early Christian writings

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Late Greek ágrapha "uncanonical scriptures," going back to Greek, "unwritten laws," from neuter plural of ágraphos "unwritten," from a- a- entry 2 + -graphos, derivative of gráphein "to write" — more at carve

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agrapha was in 1890

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“Agrapha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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