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hagiology

[hag-ee-ol-uh-jee, hey-jee-]
noun, plural hag·i·ol·o·gies for 2, 3.
  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.
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Origin of hagiology

First recorded in 1800–10; hagio- + -logy
Related formshag·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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Examples from the Web for hagiology

Historical Examples of hagiology

  • Every extravagance of hagiology can be found in hero-worship.

    Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Resuscitated literature, peculiar value of, 324—objected to in hagiology, 359.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • The theme is one of the commonest and one of the least sympathetic in hagiology.

  • St. Fillan, it may be mentioned is a personage of great sanctity in Scottish hagiology.

    Scottish Loch Scenery

    Thomas A. Croal

  • Christian hagiology commemorates St. Lawrence and many other martyrs, who suffered similar torments.


British Dictionary definitions for hagiology

hagiology

noun plural -gies
  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 Formshagiologic (ˌhæɡɪəˈlɒdʒɪk) or hagiological, adjectivehagiologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for hagiology

n.

"study of saints' lives," 1807, from Greek hagios "holy, devoted to the gods" + -ology. First element perhaps from PIE *yag- "to worship, reverence," and cognate with Greek agnos "chaste," Sanskrit yajati "reveres (a god) with sacrifices, worships," Old Persian ayadana "temple." Related: Hagiologist (1805).

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