1. of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
  2. Ecclesiastical.
    1. (initial capital letter)of or relating to the Apocrypha.
    2. of doubtful sanction; uncanonical.
  3. false; spurious: He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed.


  1. of questionable authenticity
  2. (sometimes capital) of or like the Apocrypha
  3. untrue; counterfeit

1580s, “of doubtful authenticity,” from Apocrypha + -al (1). Middle English had apocrive (late 14c.) in same sense.

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