plural nounsing. -·phon·
[alsoP-] a group of early writings not included in the biblical canon or the Apocrypha, some of which were falsely ascribed to biblical characters
Origin of pseudepigraphaModern Latin from Gr, neuter plural of pseudepigraphos, having a false title from pseud?s, false + epigraphein, to inscribe from epi, upon + graphein, to write: see graphic
- Spurious writings, especially writings falsely attributed to biblical characters or times.
- A body of texts written between 200 BC and AD 200 and spuriously ascribed to various prophets and kings of the Hebrew Scriptures.
Origin of pseudepigraphaGreek from neuter pl. of pseudepigraphos falsely ascribed pseudēs false ; see pseudo- . epigraphein to inscribe ( epi- epi- ) ( graphein to write ; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.)
- pseud′e·pig′ra·phal pseud′ep·i·graph′ic pseud′ep·i·graph′i·cal pseud′e·pig′ra·phous