Definition of deuterocanonical in US English:



  • (of sacred books or literary works) forming a secondary canon.

    • ‘I had difficulty accepting Scobie's reasoning for not including the deuterocanonical books as a legitimate part of the canon.’
    • ‘Evangelicals say He's delineating the contents of the Old Testament - and thus leaving out the deuterocanonical books.’
    • ‘The deuterocanonical book of Wisdom shows the subsequent development of this emotional reaction in Jewish thought, and how by the third century BCE it had become an emotional conviction for many Jews.’
    • ‘The deuterocanonical book of Wisdom, for example, perhaps develops a fully fledged doctrine of immortality without reference to a future resurrection of the dead.’