ha·​gio·​graph·​ic | \ ˌha-gē-ə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce hagiographic (audio) , ˌhā-, -jē-\
variants: or less commonly hagiographical \ ˌha-​gē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce hagiographical (audio) , ˌhā-​ , -​jē-​ \

Definition of hagiographic

1 : of, relating to, or being hagiography especially : excessively flattering a hagiographic biography
2 : of or relating to the Hagiographa

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a hagiographic portrait of one of the pioneers of the automotive age

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Museum shows tied to big pop-culture phenomenon can be hagiographic and, at worst, feel like a funnel leading visitors straight to the gift shop. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "New 'Pixar' exhibit at MSI has Buzz Lightyear and real STEM — and isn't just a booster for the movies," 24 May 2018 The Roasteries could perhaps be justified as loss leaders for their hagiographic treatment of coffee and the Starbucks brand – particularly its championing of small-farm, small-batch single origin coffees. Benjamin Romano, Anchorage Daily News, "Starbucks wants people to linger over a cocktail at Reserve stores," 28 Feb. 2018 Perhaps in lieu of one of several hagiographic tributes to White's lengthy Olympic history? Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Adam Rippon and Shaun White Illustrate NBC's Winter Olympics Coverage Challenges," 14 Feb. 2018 Around him, primarily Italian actors gamely wrestle with thickly accented English dialogue, most of it hagiographic and all of it dull. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Andrea Bocelli, From Cradle to Stage in ‘The Music of Silence’," 1 Feb. 2018 Since this is a book aimed at a general audience, its hyperbole and hagiographic bent are understandable, at least to some extent. Carlos Eire, New York Times, "Slaying the Dragon of the Dark Ages," 18 Dec. 2017 The curator tossed out most of the hagiographic memorabilia and introduced objects that depicted the less palatable aspects of the Soviet state—an overcoat worn by an officer of Stalin’s secret police, the NKVD; a diorama of a Siberian prison camp. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "Vladimir Lenin’s Return Journey to Russia Changed the World Forever," 29 Mar. 2017 Despite her hunch that Fallaci, who died in 2006, would have hated this book, Ms. De Stefano dutifully fulfills the implied requirement that any authorized Fallaci biography be hagiographic. Michael Moynihan, WSJ, "Review: The Star of Her Own Work," 27 Oct. 2017 Some people might assume that a liberal Rolling Stone journalist might write something hagiographic about Garner, but this book doesn't shy away from the complications of this life. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Matt Taibbi: The case of Eric Garner proves that broken windows policing is broken," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hagiographic

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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