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bi·og·ra·phy

 (bī-ŏg′rə-fē)
n. pl. bi·og·ra·phies
1. An account of a person's life written, composed, or produced by another: a film biography of Adlai Stevenson; an oral biography.
2. Biographies considered as a group, especially when regarded as a genre.
3. The writing, composition, or production of biographies: a career entirely devoted to biography.

[Late Greek biographiā : Greek bio-, bio- + Greek -graphiā, -graphy.]

biography

(baɪˈɒɡrəfɪ)
n, pl -phies
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an account of a person's life by another
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) such accounts collectively
biˈographer n
biographical, ˌbioˈgraphic adj
ˌbioˈgraphically adv

bi•og•ra•phy

(baɪˈɒg rə fi, bi-)

n., pl. -phies.
1. a written account of another person's life.
2. an account of the history of an organization, society, etc.
3. such writings collectively.
4. the writing of biography as an occupation.
[1675–85; < Greek biographía. See bio-, -graphy]

biography

The story of a person’s life, recounted by someone else.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.biography - an account of the series of events making up a person's lifebiography - an account of the series of events making up a person's life
account, chronicle, history, story - a record or narrative description of past events; "a history of France"; "he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president"; "the story of exposure to lead"
autobiography - a biography of yourself
hagiography - a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)
profile - biographical sketch

biography

noun life story, life, record, account, profile, memoir, CV, life history, curriculum vitae an unauthorised biography
Quotations
"Biography is all about cutting people down to size. Getting an unruly quart into a pint pot" [Alan Bennett]
"Biography is: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified" [José Ortega y Gasset The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays]
"Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory" [Benjamin Disraeli Contarini Fleming]
"Discretion is not the better part of biography" [Lytton Strachey]
Translations
سِيرَةسيرَه، تَرْجَمَة حَياة
životopis
biografilevnedsskildring
elämäkerta
biografijaživotopis
életrajzbiográfia
ævisaga
伝記
전기
biografasbiografijabiografinis
biogrāfija
životopis
življenjepis
životopis
biografi
อัตชีวประวัติ
tiểu sử

biography

[baɪˈɒgrəfɪ] Nbiografía f

biography

[baɪˈɒgrəfi] nbiographie f

biography

biography

[baɪˈɒgrəfɪ] nbiografia

biography

(baiˈogrəfi) plural biˈographies noun
a written account by someone of another person's life. a biography of Nelson.
biˈographer noun
ˌbioˈgraphic(al) (-ˈgrӕ-) adjective

biography

سِيرَة životopis biografi Biografie βιογραφία biografía elämäkerta biographie biografija biografia 伝記 전기 biografie biografi biografia biografia биография biografi อัตชีวประวัติ yaşam öyküsü tiểu sử 传记
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It may be remarked, however, that, of all the events which constitute a person's biography, there is scarcely one--none, certainly, of anything like a similar importance--to which the world so easily reconciles itself as to his death.
Most of the books were locked up behind glass doors; but there was one bookcase left open containing everything that could be needed in the way of elementary works, and several volumes of light literature, poetry, biography, travels, a few romances, &c.
There was a bookcase in the room; I saw, from the backs of the books, that they were about evidence, criminal law, criminal biography, trials, acts of parliament, and such things.
Suzanne then slipped away to her new victim, whose biography must here be given.
He never opened it on a weekday, and so he came to it as a holiday book, serving him for history, biography, and poetry.
Viewed as a portion of one's own biography, it is, I must admit, very distressing
Susan had read nothing, and Fanny longed to give her a share in her own first pleasures, and inspire a taste for the biography and poetry which she delighted in herself.
It would really have a certain romantic, picturesque side; it would look well in my biography.
In biography the truth is every thing, and in autobiography it is especially so -- yet I scarcely hope to be believed when I state, however solemnly, that my poor father put me, when I was about fifteen years of age, into the counting-house of what be termed "a respectable hardware and commission merchant doing a capital bit of business
In this case I found her biography sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a staff-commander who had written a monograph upon the deep-sea fishes.
They were of great service to me, and especially that one incidentally truthful piece of biography of Stapleton's.
But these recriminations, twice mentioned in his skeleton biography, could only mean that he was a fanatic in science.