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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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