hagiology

[ hag-ee-ol-uh-jee, hey-jee- ]
/ ˌhæg iˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌheɪ dʒi- /

noun, plural hag·i·ol·o·gies for 2, 3.

the branch of literature dealing with the lives and legends of the saints.
a biography or narrative of a saint or saints.
a collection of such biographies or narratives.

Origin of hagiology

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

Related forms

hag·i·o·log·ic [hag-ee-uh-loj-ik, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg i əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, ˌheɪ dʒi-/, hag·i·o·log·i·cal, adjectivehag·i·ol·o·gist, noun
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hagiology

/ (ˌhæɡɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

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

Derived Forms

hagiologic (ˌhæɡɪəˈlɒdʒɪk) or hagiological, adjectivehagiologist, noun
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