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[hag-ee-og-ruh-fee, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg iˈɒg rə fi, ˌheɪ dʒi-/
noun, plural hagiographies.
the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology.
Origin of hagiography
First recorded in 1805-15; hagio- + -graphy
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[hag-ee-uh-graf-ik, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌheɪ dʒi-/ (Show IPA),
hagiographical, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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.


    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


noun (pl) -phies
the writing of the lives of the saints
biography of the saints
any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject
Derived Forms
hagiographic (ˌhæɡɪəˈɡræfɪk), hagiographical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hagiography

"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
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