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 hagiographic (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
Recent Examples on the Web Rossi's background includes the hagiographic Page One: Inside The New York Times and the documentary's executive producers include CNN's Brian Stelter, its talking heads coming largely from the more august and austere hubs of the legacy media. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News': TV Review," 19 Mar. 2020 There are hagiographic movies and documentaries about her story. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Joe Biden Owes Clarence Thomas an Apology," 9 Mar. 2020 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

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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 25 Feb. 2021.

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