apocryphal apocryphal  /ə ˈpɑ krə fəl/


  1. (adj) being of questionable authenticity
  2. (adj) of or belonging to the Apocrypha


  1. Probably because the origins of the story is in some obscure folklore, some people think that the story is apocryphal.
  2. The media quoting a archeologist said the story of the medieval tomb was apocryphal.
  3. Most stories going round in the internet are apocryphal, especially the ones ask people to forward to ten others or else face dire consequences.


  1. Analyzing The Murdoch Divorce: Why Wendi May Not Go Quietly

    Hong Kong gossip has it that the first time Wendi Deng met her future husband Rupert Murdoch, she accidentally-on-purpose spilled red wine on his trousers. Recounted by the Australian journalist Eric Ellis, the story is probably apocryphal, but it still captures something important: she is the sort of person other people like to tell stories about – and the more outrageous the better.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Forbes

  2. The Coolest Urban Legends in College Football History

    Most individuals probably have a slightly different opinion on what exactly an urban legend is, but one thing is certain: Urban legends have been around college football for well over 100 years and there are plenty to speak of. According to About.com , "an urban legend is an apocryphal, secondhand story, alleged to be true and just plausible enough to be believed, about some horrific ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report


  1. During promotional rounds for the film Streep said: "I think that's apocryphal. I don't think it's true. She came to a charity benefit screening in the US, which was very graceful of her considering it is based on a book about her." "The...
    on Oct 5, 2006 By: Meryl Streep Source: Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

  2. Lamy told delegates: "Let me tell you a little secret I learnt since I took office as director-general: there is an apocryphal and funny secretariat guide to the language of trade negotiators in the old GATT (General Agreement on Trade and...
    on Dec 13, 2005 By: Pascal Lamy Source: Business Day

  3. "I heard all the apocryphal stories during the offseason of what was going on so I wanted to put everything to rest and just show up," Asomugha said.
    on Jul 24, 2008 By: Nnamdi Asomugha Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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