autobiographical

adjective
au·​to·​bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce autobiographical (audio) , -bē- \
variants: or less commonly autobiographic \ ˌȯ-​tə-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce autobiographical (audio) , -​bē-​ \

Definition of autobiographical

1a : of, relating to, or being an autobiography an autobiographical essay/book/novel … the television studios began to buy the film and broadcast rights to biographical and autobiographical narratives as fast as they bought the rights to fictional ones.— Nigel Hamilton In recounting the exploits of some half-dozen Soviet spies, the author synthesizes much autobiographical and historical material.— Harry Howe Ransom This heart-wrenching, autobiographical account of Burch's childhood between ages 8 and 11 has the power of a Dickens novel.Booklist
b : in the style of or based on an autobiography Made for a pittance by the then-unknown [Martin] Scorsese, this autobiographical film about his Italian-Catholic boyhood was shot in Hollywood and on location in New York City's Little Italy.— Robert F. Moss
2a : of, relating to, or influenced by one's life or past personal experiences … so much of Wyeth's art is autobiographical, that is, stimulated and conditioned by deep personal responses to locations or people, …— John Wilmerding … ask her for too many autobiographical details and she begs off, insisting that her days are too ordinary for words.— Jeff Giles
b : of, relating, or being memory of personally experienced events in the past Autobiographical memory, that is, memory for personally experienced past events, is central to human functioning, as it is of fundamental significance for the individual's sense of self and goal orientation.— Elise Debeer et al.

Other Words from autobiographical

autobiographically \ ˌȯ-​tə-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce autobiographical (audio) , -​bē-​ \ adverb
The male coming-of-age story, by contrast, has been plundered relentlessly. D. H. Lawrence, Tobias Wolff, J. D. Salinger and Ernest Hemingway have written autobiographically. — Courtney Weaver She speaks here for the first time autobiographically, having dictated this memoir in the final months of her life. — Francis Mason

First Known Use of autobiographical

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Autobiographical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autobiographical. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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