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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Examples of hagiographic in a Sentence

a hagiographic portrait of one of the pioneers of the automotive age
Recent Examples on the Web Though Kanye West hovered over 2019 like a sentient burial shroud, other artists took a less self-hagiographic approach to their projects and personas. The Atlantic, "The 18 Best Albums of 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 The Renée Zellweger vehicle is the kind of hagiographic musical biopic the Academy gobbles up — full of dueling compassion and voyeurism, the looming phantom of death, emotional manipulation, relentless drug use and gutting flashbacks. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Rise of the Feminist Musical Drama: 'Judy' and Other Films Spotlight Talent Over Romance," 15 Nov. 2019 Eddie Stern is considered the ambassador of the New York Ashtanga community and is an author of a hagiographic biography of Mr. Jois. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "Yoga Is Finally Facing Consent and Unwanted Touch," 7 Nov. 2019 Likewise, Gori has essentially ignored government demands to tone down the hagiographic glow emitted by the museum. David Segal, New York Times, "A Monster to History, Stalin Is a Tourist Magnet in His Hometown," 30 June 2019 At first glance, his portrait of JFK on the podium at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 is hagiographic. WSJ, "‘In Mid-Sentence’ Review: An Ad Hoc Genre," 18 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of hagiographic

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hagiographic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hagiographic. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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