Meaning of Apocrypha in English:


Pronunciation /əˈpɒkrɪfə/

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plural noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural Biblical or related writings not forming part of the accepted canon of Scripture.

    1. 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.’

The Old Testament Apocrypha include writings (dating from around 300 BC to AD 100) which appeared in the Septuagint and Vulgate versions but not in the Hebrew Bible; most are accepted by the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches as the ‘deuterocanonical’ books. The New Testament Apocrypha include texts attributed to Apostles and other biblical figures but not regarded as authentic by the Councils of the Church


Late Middle English from ecclesiastical Latin apocrypha (scripta) ‘hidden (writings)’, from Greek apokruphos, from apokruptein ‘hide away’.