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

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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 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

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First Known Use of hagiographic

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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