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  1. a combining form meaning “saint,” “holy,” used in the formation of compound words: hagiography; hagiocracy.
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Also especially before a vowel, hagi-.

Origin of hagio-

< Greek, combining form of hágios holy, sacred
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Examples from the Web for hagi

Historical Examples of hagi

  • Miyagi is the name of a field which is famous for the Hagi or Lespedeza, a small and pretty shrub, which blooms in the Autumn.

    Japanese Literature


  • She wore garments of hagi and shion over which she had put a strongly perfumed lustrous robe.

  • Hagi: violet-coloured dress with blue lining, the violet dye taken from sapan-wood; Shion: pale purple dress with blue lining.

  • Hagi Ismael would fight, but he had not strength of mind to suffer.

  • A sunset cloud, or a bird swinging from a hagi spray could bring sharp, swift tears to his eyes.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

British Dictionary definitions for hagi


before a vowel hagi-

combining form
  1. indicating a saint, saints, or holinesshagiography
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Word Origin for hagio-

via Late Latin from Greek, from hagios holy
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