(Greek: hidden, secret, secrets, secret writing; by extension, applied to secret code or ciphers)
The literature professor said that, in his opinion, most "rags-to-riches" stories turn out to be apocryphal.
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The eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic church) accept all these books as canonical, while the Russian Orthodox church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status.2. Etymology: plural of Late Latin apocryphus, "secret, not approved for public reading" or "books of hidden" or "unknown authorship", from Greek apokryphos, "hidden; obscure" referring to those included in the Septuagint and the Vulgate, but not originally written in Hebrew and not counted as genuine by the Jews.
From apo-. "away" + kryptein "to hide". The term Apocrypha is properly plural (the singular would be Apocryphon or apocryphum, so it is normally treated as a collective singular noun form.
2. Various recesses, glandular cavities, etc. in the body; such as, tonsillar crypts.
2. A chapel or oratory underground, or under a church or cathedral.
2. The recall of memories not recognized as such but thought to be original creations.