of doubtful authorship or authenticity.

(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Apocrypha.
of doubtful sanction; uncanonical.

false; spurious:
He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed.
Contemporary Examples

At least half of an apocryphal story known as the Ascension of Isaiah can be attributed to Christian editors.
Jesus Christ, Baby Daddy? Candida Moss November 11, 2014

They wondered about the temperament of K-12 Jesus and wrote a number of apocryphal stories about his childhood years.
Was Baby Jesus A Holy Terror? Candida Moss December 20, 2014

The quote is apocryphal, but that has not changed its significance for Army football players.
A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down Nicolaus Mills December 12, 2014

An apocryphal gospel paints Jesus as, well, a bit of handful.
Was Baby Jesus A Holy Terror? Candida Moss December 20, 2014

There are plenty of examples of Christians editing Jewish apocryphal traditions for their own communities.
Jesus Christ, Baby Daddy? Candida Moss November 11, 2014

Historical Examples

This may seem merely absurd or apocryphal; but consider the terrible power of concentration which it implies!
Hawthorne and His Circle Julian Hawthorne

The following tale is perhaps the most apocryphal in our series.
Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2) John Roby

Well, I am now going to deal with the ‘silly, lying, or apocryphal ravings.’
Brendan’s Fabulous Voyage John Patrick Crichton Stuart Bute

The Stilling story, for example (p. 317), may be taken as apocryphal.
The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism A. Leah Underhill

The main facts given in these pages were narrated and some which the writer afterwards had good reason to believe were apocryphal.
The Strange Story of Harper’s Ferry Joseph Barry

of questionable authenticity
(sometimes capital) of or like the Apocrypha
untrue; counterfeit

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


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