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hagiography

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

Simple Definition of hagiography

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hagiography

  1. 1 :  biography of saints or venerated persons

  2. 2 :  idealizing or idolizing biography

Examples of hagiography in a sentence

  1. a hagiography about a famous politician

  2. The book gives a good idea of his virtues without resorting to hagiography.



Did You Know?

Like "biography" and "autograph," the word hagiography has to do with the written word. The combining form "-graphy" comes from Greek graphein, meaning "to write." "Hagio-" comes from a Greek word that means "saintly" or "holy." This origin is seen in "Hagiographa," the Greek designation of the Ketuvim, the third division of the Hebrew Bible. Our English word hagiography, though it can refer to biography of actual saints, is these days more often applied to biography that treats ordinary human subjects as if they were saints.

1821

First Known Use of hagiography

1821


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