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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Examples of hagiographic in a Sentence

a hagiographic portrait of one of the pioneers of the automotive age
Recent Examples on the Web The work is not hagiographic in its appraisal of Boone, whose shortcomings—his business naivete, for instance—the authors readily acknowledge. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘Blood and Treasure’ Review: A Boone for the Frontier," 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, "An earnest young correspondent in Cold War Moscow," 16 Apr. 2021 His hagiographic Snowden is an embarrassing paean to anti-patriotism. Kyle Smith, National Review, "My Love-Hate Relationship with Oliver Stone," 7 Mar. 2021 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

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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 12 May. 2021.

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