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

Examples of hagiographic in a Sentence

a hagiographic portrait of one of the pioneers of the automotive age
Recent Examples on the Web The most responsible forms of monumental history are vaguely hagiographic accounts of great events and figures from the past (usually men) with narratives constructed to inspire patriotic love of country. Damon Linker, The Week, 24 Feb. 2022 In addition to the usual hagiographic portraits of Trump in Revolutionary War garb, Marrone had several of Flynn and other hallowed figures in the original effort to overturn the election, like Lin Wood and Sidney Powell. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 Judaica stores sell decorative ritual pieces, such as menorahs, and hagiographic portraits of rabbis, but art as social critique is frowned upon. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 The artist David Choe weeps on camera, and then spray-paints over a mural of Bourdain, as if to challenge the hagiographic portraits of the Parts Unknown host that proliferated after his death. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 24 July 2021 Although Neville obviously had the cooperation of many in Bourdain’s inner circle, the film never feels authorized or hagiographic. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 July 2021 That means no lucrative speeches, no hagiographic book deals, no fawning interviews, no plum sinecures in the private or nonprofit sector, and no appointments to blue ribbon government posts. Timothy Kudo, The New Republic, 12 July 2021 The work is not hagiographic in its appraisal of Boone, whose shortcomings—his business naivete, for instance—the authors readily acknowledge. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 From the preface, the reader knows to expect a hagiographic treatment of Murrow, as well as an abiding faith in the power of journalism and a romantic view of American democracy. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hagiographic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of hagiographic

circa 1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Learn More About hagiographic

Time Traveler for hagiographic

Time Traveler

The first known use of hagiographic was circa 1652

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near hagiographic




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for hagiographic

Cite this Entry

“Hagiographic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hagiographic. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!