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 (hăg′ē-ŏg′rə-fē, hā′jē-)
n. pl. hag·i·og·ra·phies
a. The writing of the lives of saints.
b. A biography of a saint.
a. The writing of an admiring or idealized biography.
b. An admiring or idealized biography.

hag′i·og′raph·er n.
hag′i·o·graph′ic (-ə-grăf′ĭk), hag′i·o·graph′i·cal adj.


(ˌhæɡɪˈɒɡrəfə) or


1. (Theology) a person who writes about the lives of the saints
2. (Theology) one of the writers of the Hagiographa


(ˌhæg iˈɒg rə fər, ˌheɪ dʒi-)

also hag`i•og′ra•phist,

1. one of the writers of the Hagiographa.
2. a writer of lives of the saints; hagiologist.
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Noun1.hagiographer - the author of a worshipful or idealizing biography
biographer - someone who writes an account of a person's life


[ˌhægɪˈɒgrəfəʳ] Nhagiógrafo/a m/f


n (lit, fig)Hagiograf(in) m(f)
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Ogg the son of Beorl," says my private hagiographer, "was a boatman who gained a scanty living by ferrying passengers across the river Floss.
provides the coda to the book's line of argument, as Damon suggests that hagiographers interpreted elements of the received vita to fit their varying agendas and audiences.
Abraham Ascher's new biography is thus a breath of fresh air that seeks to rescue Stolypin from both his enemies and hagiographers, and--by drawing imaginatively on Stolypin's surviving letters to his wife, memoranda he wrote to clarify his own thinking, and numerous candid discussions with foreign diplomats and journalists--to reject such one-sided interpretations and present a more complex portrait of Stolypin as both individual and as politician and statesman.
33] What is more, Venetian hagiographers linked Sts.
the mother in Maccabees) rather than by the misogyny of hagiographers and the patriarchal church to which they belonged.
argues that a "triumphalist" account of the development of orthodoxy, first articulated by fifth-century historians and hagiographers, has continued to distort modern perceptions of the "Arian" controversy.
That some of Margaret's hagiographers were 'highly sceptical of the sensational and supernatural details of the story' may come as a surprise.
Unabashed, Sherman proceeded, in the words of one of his hagiographers, to 'spread food and kindliness across Georgia's devastated regions'.
This leads to one of the best sections of the book--how Brigit's popularity spread outside of Ireland to Scotland (Saint Bride), England, and even to Rome at the very time that the male leaders of the Irish church, the bishops of Armagh, commissioned hagiographers of their ancestral bishop Patrick to bring Brigit into the larger, male-dominated Irish church.
Dendle closes his book by reminding readers of his two main conclusions: (a) the devil in early medieval Latin and Old English texts is presented as an equal partner in the dialogic conflict between the devil and the saint; and (b) by making the devil into a flexible figure with considerable (though not ultimate) power, Anglo-Saxon hagiographers intentionally unbind Satan and "grant him the dynamically charged unspecificity that is the source of his strength, struggling to contain him by defining him, yet at the same time allowing him to resist absolute containment or definition" (121).
She is, instead, a composite of several women in the Gospels and the fertile imaginations of the Church fathers and hagiographers of medieval Europe.