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Definition being of questionable authenticity or truth

Apocryphal can also indicate that something is from the Apocrypha (writings included in some bibles, but not others). Link to the Wikipedia articles for an interesting discussion.
  • She told a story, probably apocryphal, of her ancestors trip to America.
  • I read among my notes, now, with a new interest, some sentences from an edition of 1621 of the Apocryphal New Testament.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • In one possibly apocryphal story, doctors once trained a homeless man to do routine lab tests because there was no one else available.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • apocryphal = being of questionable authenticity or truth
  • But then you felt everything Hoagland said was apocryphal, always questionable.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • apocryphal = being of questionable authenticity or truth
  • I took the liberty of pointing out to my gentleman that the whole business looked apocryphal, and that a man does not, in real life, walk into a cellar door at four in the morning and come out of it with another man's cheque for close upon a hundred pounds.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • apocryphal = of questionable authenticity
  • This version of events is related in the apocryphal History of Joseph the Carpenter.
    Historical Jesus - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • What apocryphal, ill-devised incidents, attributing to one saint the miracles of another.
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • Many of the Church's beliefs concerning the Virgin Mary are reflected in the apocryphal text "The Nativity of Mary", which was not included in scripture, but is considered to be accurate in its description of events.
    Eastern Orthodox Church - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • He surprised the audience by challenging apocryphal beliefs.
  • I hear you worked your way through medical school at a truck stop, or some such apocryphal nonsense.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • During the last year the old man had taken to studying the Apocryphal Gospels, and constantly talked over his impressions with his young friend.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Cowper's Apocryphal Gospels."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • What apocryphal, ill-devised incidents, attributing to one saint the miracles of another!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • [44] [44] At night one sees nothing, by day one sees very well; the bourgeois gets flurried over an apocryphal scrawl, practice virtue, tutu, pointed hat!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Sam, I think this rather apocryphal,—this miracle.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • 42 A comparable vision is described in the apocryphal Gospel of Eve.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • But he wasn't called anything because this is an apocryphal story, which means that it is a lie, too.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Actually, I think I prefer that it be apocryphal, since made-up anecdotes have their own kind of truth.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The marriage was to make no change in their place of residence; they had been able to extend it, by taking to themselves the upper rooms formerly belonging to the apocryphal invisible lodger, and they desired nothing more.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • According to one possibly apocryphal account, Washington and the others had left their horses and were proceeding on foot when suddenly two mounted British officers coming at a gallop sent them "running and scampering for life."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776

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