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hagiology

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

Nearby words

hagiographa, hagiographer, hagiographic, hagiography, hagiolatry, hagiology, hagioscope, hagler, hagridden, hagride, hague

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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British Dictionary definitions for hagiology

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

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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