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hag·i·og·ra·phy

 (hăg′ē-ŏg′rə-fē, hā′jē-)
n. pl. hag·i·og·ra·phies
1.
a. The writing of the lives of saints.
b. A biography of a saint.
2.
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.

hagiography

(ˌhæɡɪˈɒɡrəfɪ)
n, pl -phies
1. (Theology) the writing of the lives of the saints
2. (Theology) biography of the saints
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject
hagiographic, ˌhagioˈgraphical adj

hag•i•og•ra•phy

(ˌhæg iˈɒg rə fi, ˌheɪ dʒi-)

n., pl. -phies.
the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints.
[1805–15]
hag`i•o•graph′ic (-əˈgræf ɪk) hag`i•o•graph′i•cal, adj.

hagiography

the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology. — hagiographer, n. — hagiographic, hagiographical, adj.
See also: Saints
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hagiography - a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)
biography, life history, life story, life - an account of the series of events making up a person's life
Translations

hagiography

[ˌhægɪˈɒgrəfɪ] Nhagiografía f

hagiography

n (lit, fig)Hagiografie f; (lit also)Heiligengeschichte f
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That some of the ancient manuscripts, historical chronicles, and hagiographical texts in Ethiopia were written about, and preserved by, women.
Green carefully filters out a series of shop-worn scenarios, such as over-reliance on the etymological centrality of the term suf, the diachronic notion that ascetics/asceticism yielded definitively to mystics/mysticism, and the "historical structuralist" attribution of seminal influence to Nestorian Christian hagiographical sources.
While such a dichotomy was not uncommon in hagiographical texts as it served the didactic purpose of polarizing non-Christians as cruel heathens, highlighting the injustice done to the heroine, it is also an interesting point of reference to the ideas on magic and superstition discussed earlier.
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IT IS difficult not to feel sorry for veteran Lucknow- based journalist Sunita Aron for the timing of her largely hagiographical book Winds of Change on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
He sets out an interpretive framework for understanding both Lewis' accomplishment and the critical preoccupations of Lewis studies, which he finds to have helped generate uncreative, hagiographical, and thus mediocre books.
Benedetti discusses Marinella's life and works that cover different literary genres, from her hagiographical texts on Saint Colomba, Saint Francis, Saint Justina, Saint Catherine of Siena and on the Virgin Mary (some of which are in prose, some in ottava rima, and some a mixture of the two), her allegorical poem Amore innamorato et impazzato, a psychomachy which "ends with the triumph of rationality and faith" (10), her Rime sacre (mainly sonnets and madrigals), her pastoral novel Arcadia felice, her epic poem Enrico, celebrating the fourth crusade (which ended with the sack of Christian Constantinople only to enrich Venice), and her famous feminist treatise, Le nobilta et eccellenze delle donne.
Apart from her, the hagiographical story of Mother Erene, a contemporary female leader in the Coptic Orthodox Church, is mentioned.
The literary evidence addressed in Hourihane's book covers a diverse arc--from biblical (all four Gospels, Acts and Timothy), historical (Philo of Alexandria, Flavius Josephus, Cornelius Tacitus) and theological (Origen, Eusebius, Chrysostom) to apocryphal (especially the Gospel of Nicodemus or Acta Pilati), hagiographical (Legenda Aurea, Meditationes Vitae Christi) and the dramatic (La Vengeance de Nostre-Seigneur and other Passion Plays).
Evidence for this is even more scant, as the majority of lay people were illiterate, but letters and charters of kings, secular writing such as the satiric Vision of Mac Conglinne, and hagiographical sources yield some clues.
So, given our biases, we acknowledge the righteous encomia and hagiographical accounts that accompanied his death as "obvious," even normative.