Apocrypha Definition

The biblical books included in the Septuagint and accepted in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox canon but considered noncanonical by Protestants because they are not part of the Hebrew Scriptures.
American Heritage
Any writings, anecdotes, etc., of doubtful authenticity or authorship.
Webster's New World
Various early Christian writings proposed as additions to the New Testament but rejected by the major canons.
American Heritage
Fourteen books of the Septuagint that are rejected in Judaism and regarded by Protestants as not canonical: eleven of them are fully accepted in the Roman Catholic canon.
Webster's New World
Writings or statements of questionable authorship or authenticity.
American Heritage

Origin of Apocrypha

  • Middle English apocripha not authentic from Late Latin Apocrypha the Apocrypha from Greek Apokrupha neuter pl. of apokruphos secret, hidden from apokruptein to hide away apo- apo- kruptein kruph- to hide

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Latin apocryphus ("apocryphal"), from Ancient Greek ἀπόκρυφος (apocruphos, “hidden, obscure”).

    From Wiktionary

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