hagiography

noun ha·gi·og·ra·phy \ ˌha-gē-ˈä-grə-fē , ˌhā- , -jē- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of hagiography

1 :biography of saints or venerated persons
2 :idealizing or idolizing biography
  • an account that smacks of hagiography

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Examples of hagiography in a Sentence

  1. a hagiography about a famous politician

  2. The book gives a good idea of his virtues without resorting to hagiography.

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Did You Know?

Like "biography" and "autograph," the word hagiography has to do with the written word. The combining form "-graphy" comes from Greek graphein, meaning "to write." "Hagio-" comes from a Greek word that means "saintly" or "holy." This origin is seen in "Hagiographa," the Greek designation of the Ketuvim, the third division of the Hebrew Bible. Our English word hagiography, though it can refer to biography of actual saints, is these days more often applied to biography that treats ordinary human subjects as if they were saints.

Origin and Etymology of hagiography


HAGIOGRAPHY Defined for English Language Learners

hagiography

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Definition of hagiography for English Language Learners

  • : a book about someone's life that makes it seem better than it really is or was : a biography that praises someone too much



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