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hagiology

[ hag-ee-ol-uh-jee, hey-jee- ]

noun

, plural hag·i·ol·o·gies
  1. the branch of literature dealing with the lives and legends of the saints.
  2. a biography or narrative of a saint or saints.
  3. a collection of such biographies or narratives.


hagiology

/ ˌhæɡɪəˈlɒdʒɪk; ˌhæɡɪˈɒlədʒɪ /

noun

  1. literature concerned with the lives and legends of saints
    1. a biography of a saint
    2. a collection of such biographies
  2. an authoritative canon of saints
  3. a history of sacred writings


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Derived Forms

  • hagiologic, adjective
  • ˌhagiˈologist, noun

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Other Words From

  • hag·i·o·log·ic [hag-ee-, uh, -, loj, -ik, hey-jee-], hagi·o·logi·cal adjective
  • hagi·olo·gist noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hagiology1

First recorded in 1800–10; hagio- + -logy

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Example Sentences

There is no doubt that the saints of Irish origin supply by far the more important portion of our hagiology.

The composition seems to be intended as a satire on the monks, and in particular as a travesty of medieval hagiology.

She appears constantly in Gaelic hagiology, and with poetic as well as saintly fame casting a halo about her yellow hair.

There are some, like a lady I once knew, who think that hagiology is the scientific study of hags.

He was speaking of the New Testament, and he said, The truth was in it; but they had covered it up with their hagiology.

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