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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Definitions for hagiography

  1. the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology.

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Citations for hagiography
The characters who populate the Folk Tales … are both peasants, sketched from real life at Yasnaya Polyana, and reflections on the image of medieval saints as passed down in popular hagiography. Andrew Kahn, "Introduction," The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories, Leo Tolstoy, translated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater, 2015
Written for young people and adults, it is a hagiography of sorts, offering profiles of Americans who, Hentoff believes, embody the constitutional ideals expressed in the Bill of Rights. Jonathan S. Shapiro, "Waving Rights," New York Times, August 23, 1998
Origin of hagiography
Hagiography looks as if it should come from Latin hagiographia from Greek hagiographía, but the word does not exist in Latin or Greek. It is formed from the Greek adjective hágios "holy, sacred" and the combining form -graphy, from the verb graphein "to write." It entered English in the early 1800s.