Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

hagiography

[hag-ee-og-ruh-fee, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg iˈɒg rə fi, ˌheɪ dʒi-/
noun, plural hagiographies.
1.
the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology.
Origin of hagiography
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; hagio- + -graphy
Related forms
hagiographic
[hag-ee-uh-graf-ik, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌheɪ dʒi-/ (Show IPA),
hagiographical, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for hagiography
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The "Legende Doree" was especially opulent in Roman hagiography.

  • But the great and absorbing subject of poetry in this age is hagiography.

  • To him the problems of archaeology, history, and hagiography are impertinent.

    Art

    Clive Bell
  • Therefore, the psychologist finds the study of hagiography teeming with information.

  • I think you ought to prepare a compendium of hagiography or a really informative work on heraldry.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for hagiography

hagiography

/ˌhæɡɪˈɒɡrəfɪ/
noun (pl) -phies
1.
the writing of the lives of the saints
2.
biography of the saints
3.
any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject
Derived Forms
hagiographic (ˌhæɡɪəˈɡræfɪk), hagiographical, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for hagiography
n.

"writing of saints' lives," 1821, from Greek hagios "holy" (see hagiology) + -graphy. Related: Hagiographic (1819); hagiographical (1580s); hagiographer (1650s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hagiography

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hagiography

0
24
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for hagiography