[hag-ee-og-ruh-fee, hey-jee-]

noun, plural hag·i·og·ra·phies.

the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology.

Origin of hagiography

First recorded in 1805–15; hagio- + -graphy
Related formshag·i·o·graph·ic [hag-ee-uh-graf-ik, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌheɪ dʒi-/, hag·i·o·graph·i·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hagiography

Contemporary Examples of hagiography

Historical Examples of hagiography

  • 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.


    J. K. Huysmans

British Dictionary definitions for hagiography


noun plural -phies

the writing of the lives of the saints
biography of the saints
any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject
Derived Formshagiographic (ˌhæɡɪəˈɡræfɪk) or 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).

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