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apocryphal (adj) well-known, but not necessarily true (of statements, reports, etc.).

The stories of the great heroes of the past are apocryphal, if they can't be totally believed to be true. The rags to riches stories of some of the millionaires, though well-known, are not all of them true. Such stories are apocryphal, that is, their truth is to be doubted.

  • The actor’s well-known claim of being a self-made man, and having had to bear hardships on his way to success, are apocryphal.
  • The prowess of some of the heroes of World War II is apocryphal as the evidence to uphold their claim is lacking.
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