plural nountreated as singular or plural
1Biblical or related writings not forming part of the accepted canon of Scripture.
- 1.1Writings or reports not considered genuine.‘The Book of Enoch influenced later Jewish apocrypha, and left marks in the New Testament and amongst the works of the early Fathers.’
- ‘Both Jewish and Christian apocrypha helped shape the Christian imaginative repertoire throughout the Medieval period.’
- ‘The essays that commanded my sustained attention ranged from one end of the century to the other, from the canon to the apocrypha and back.’
- ‘Religion is founded upon the oral tradition, the passing down of myths and fact and apocrypha until they cohere into something with a central doctrine.’
- ‘Stories transmitted by contemporary media can also be understood in terms of canon and apocrypha.’
- 1.1Writings or reports not considered genuine.
Late Middle English from ecclesiastical Latin apocrypha (scripta) ‘hidden (writings)’, from Greek apokruphos, from apokruptein ‘hide away’.
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