noun, plural hag·i·ol·o·gies for 2, 3.
Examples from the Web for hagiology
The curious thing is that in that tale the prophet is aided by one of the few women who play much part in the hagiology of Islam.Greenmantle|John Buchan
The saints of Heaven shine dimly through a nebulous haze of hagiology.Americans and Others|Agnes Repplier
I incline, however, to etymology rather than hagiology for the real derivation.
St. Fillan, it may be mentioned is a personage of great sanctity in Scottish hagiology.Scottish Loch Scenery|Thomas A. Croal
And as a phenomenon, let us not deceive ourselves on the magnitude of the Christian hagiology.Short Studies on Great Subjects|James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for hagiology
noun plural -gies
- a biography of a saint
- a collection of such biographies
Word Origin and History for hagiology
"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).