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apocryphal (Gr. apokrupto, hide away) hence the meaning ‘ withheld form general circulation’ and therefore coming to be regarded as of doubtful origin, false or spurious. The usage usually involves fictitious or legendary accounts that are plausible enough to be commonly considered as truth. E.g, Laozi’s alleged authorship of the Tao Te Ching and Napoleon’s self-coronation rather than at the hands of Pope Pius VII.