- 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
Examples from the Web for 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.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
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.Expositor's Bible: The Book of Jeremiah
William Henry Bennett
- literature concerned with the lives and legends of saints
- a biography of a saint
- a collection of such biographies
- an authoritative canon of saints
- a history of sacred writings
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).