apocryphal

[uh-pok-ruh-fuhl]
adjective
1.
of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
2.
Ecclesiastical.
a.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Apocrypha.
b.
of doubtful sanction; uncanonical.
3.
false; spurious: He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed.

Origin:
1580–90; apocryph(a) + -al1

apocryphally, adverb
apocryphalness, noun
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apocryphal (əˈpɒkrɪfəl)
 
adj
1.  of questionable authenticity
2.  (sometimes capital) of or like the Apocrypha
3.  untrue; counterfeit
 
a'pocryphally
 
adv

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apocryphal
1580s, "of doubtful authenticity," from Apocrypha + -al (1).
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Example sentences
News also spread over the Net - with the usual apocryphal embellishments.
Many modern historians believe the tale is apocryphal.
The story is no doubt apocryphal but I want to believe it.
There are tales, perhaps apocryphal, of villages where all the men of working
  age have left.
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