hagiography

[ hag-ee-og-ruh-fee, hey-jee- ]
/ ˌhæg iˈɒg rə fi, ˌheɪ dʒi- /

noun, plural hag·i·og·ra·phies.

the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology.
a biography that treats the person with excessive or undue admiration.

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Origin of hagiography

First recorded in 1805–15; hagio- + -graphy

OTHER WORDS FROM hagiography

hag·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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British Dictionary definitions for hagiography

hagiography
/ (ˌhæɡɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) /

noun plural -phies

the writing of the lives of the saints
biography of the saints
any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject

Derived forms of hagiography

hagiographic (ˌhæɡɪəˈɡræfɪk) or hagiographical, adjective
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