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 (hăg′ē-ŏl′ə-jē, hā′jē-)
n. pl. hag·i·ol·o·gies
1. Literature dealing with the lives of saints.
2. A collection of sacred writings.
3. An authoritative list of saints.

hag′i·o·log′ic (-ə-lŏj′ĭk), hag′i·o·log′i·cal adj.
hag′i·ol′o·gist n.


n, pl -gies
1. (Theology) literature concerned with the lives and legends of saints
2. (Theology)
a. a biography of a saint
b. a collection of such biographies
3. (Theology) an authoritative canon of saints
4. (Theology) a history of sacred writings
hagiologic, ˌhagioˈlogical adj
ˌhagiˈologist n


(ˌhæg iˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌheɪ dʒi-)

n., pl. -gies.
1. the branch of literature dealing with the lives and legends of the saints.
a. a biography or narrative of a saint or saints.
b. a collection of such works.
hag`i•o•log′ic (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪk) hag`i•o•log′i•cal, adj.
hag`i•ol′o•gist, n.


1. the branch of literature comprising the lives and legends of the saints.
2. a biography or narrative of the life of a saint or saints.
3. a collection of such biographies. — hagiologist, n. — hagiologic, hagiological, adj.
See also: Saints
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hagiology - literature narrating the lives (and legends) of the saints
literary composition, literary work - imaginative or creative writing
legend, fable - a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events


n (form)Hagiologie f (spec)
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