apocrypha

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction apoc·ry·pha \ ə-ˈpä-krə-fə \
|Updated on: 25 May 2018

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 and Etymology of apocrypha

borrowed from Medieval Latin, neuter plural (for scripta apocrypha "uncanonical writings") of Late Latin apocryphus "secret, of doubtful authenticity, uncanonical," borrowed from Greek apókryphos "hidden, concealed, obscure," verbal adjective of apokrýptein "to hide (from), keep hidden (from)," from apo- apo- + krýptein "to conceal, hide" — more at crypt

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