bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl \
variants: or less commonly biographic \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik \

Definition of biographical 

1 : of, relating to, or constituting biography

2 : consisting of biographies a biographical dictionary

3 : relating to a list briefly identifying persons biographical notes

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biographically \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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His visually beautiful, sly and idiosyncratic biographical portrait of the great 17th-century Italian artist is an enduring delight, and particularly interesting relative to contemporary discourse concerning artists behaving badly. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘Caravaggio’ and Other Pleasures and Provocations for Pride Month," 8 June 2018 Come Sunday is not a biographical film about apostasy. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Come Sunday Is an Uneven Biopic of Faith and Dissent," 12 Apr. 2018 The biographical details matter because, as the exhibition’s title implies, Blunk’s art was not apart from his life and his lifestyle. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "J.B. Blunk’s ‘everyday life’ of art and nature at Oakland Museum," 31 May 2018 Doctors groups, hospitals, insurers and diagnostic companies all tend to maintain their own online listings of contact, practice and biographical details. Tomio Geron, WSJ, "How Blockchain Could Help Lower Health Costs," 28 May 2018 The interviews consisted of both intimate biographical details and discussions about the current election. Seth A. Richardson,, "Ohio governor's race 2018: Listen to our Ohio Matters podcast interviews with the candidates," 3 May 2018 The show is a biographical drama series about Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in the United Kingdom. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "5 buzzworthy topics people will be talking about this weekend," 8 Dec. 2017 So the movie is less of a cradle-to-grave biographical documentary and more of an argument for simple kindness and empathy of the kind Rogers displayed. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Morgan Neville on making a movie about Fred Rogers’s “radical kindness”," 8 June 2018 There are only a few pictures of her, and even fewer biographical details. Longreads, "Born Again," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of biographical

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of biographical

: relating to or telling the story of a real person's life


bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl \

Kids Definition of biographical

: of or relating to an account of a real person's life a biographical essay

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