: biography of saints or venerated persons
: idealizing or idolizing biography
Examples of HAGIOGRAPHY
- a hagiography about a famous politician
- The book gives a good idea of his virtues without resorting to hagiography.
First Known Use of HAGIOGRAPHY
hagiography noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Literature describing the lives of the saints. Christian hagiography includes stories of saintly monks, bishops, princes, and virgins, with accounts of their martyrdom and of the miracles connected with their relics, tombs, icons, or statues. Written as early as the 2nd century and popular during the Middle Ages, hagiographies focus on lives of individual saints or on stories of a class of saints (e.g., martyrs).
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