apocryphal /əˈpɒkrɪf(ə)l/

a

I. adjective

1. (of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true.

an apocryphal story about a former president.
his alleged description of opera as ‘fat gits singing’ is probably apocryphal.
2. of or belonging to the Apocrypha.

the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas.
II. derivatives

apocryphally
adverb


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