pseud·​epig·​ra·​phon ˌsü-di-ˈpi-grə-ˌfän How to pronounce pseudepigraphon (audio)
plural pseudepigrapha ˌsü-di-ˈpi-grə-fə How to pronounce pseudepigraphon (audio)
pseudepigrapha plural : apocrypha
: any of various pseudonymous or anonymous Jewish religious writings of the period 200 b.c. to a.d. 200
especially : one of such writings (such as the Psalms of Solomon) not included in any canon of biblical Scripture
usually used in plural

Word History


New Latin, singular of pseudepigrapha, from Greek, neuter plural of pseudepigraphos falsely inscribed, from pseud- + epigraphein to inscribe — more at epigram

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pseudepigraphon was in 1692

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“Pseudepigraphon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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