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hagiography

noun ha·gi·og·ra·phy \-gē-ˈä-grə-fē, -jē-\

: a book about someone's life that makes it seem better than it really is or was : a biography that praises someone too much

Full Definition of HAGIOGRAPHY

1
:  biography of saints or venerated persons
2
:  idealizing or idolizing biography

Examples of HAGIOGRAPHY

  1. a hagiography about a famous politician
  2. The book gives a good idea of his virtues without resorting to hagiography.

First Known Use of HAGIOGRAPHY

1821

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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