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Examples of hagiography in a Sentence
a hagiography about a famous politician
The book gives a good idea of his virtues without resorting to hagiography.
Recent Examples of hagiography from the Web
There are dozens of books on Lee in English and Chinese, many of them hagiographies by family members.
But for those who resist the temptation to put the book down there, what follows is not the hagiography the opening lines suggest.
While Schenkkan's script is basically true to history, the playwright does slide toward hagiography and ennobles Johnson beyond the evidence.
Her vivid biography is neither a hagiography nor a hatchet job, but a frank and nuanced assessment of a complicated woman.
This is a generous biography but not a hagiography.
Party media have since amped up the hagiography, casting Xi as the father of the nation and the man uniquely equipped to lead.
This collection — the first installment of a promised five-part series — is a rare example of hagiography done right.
But for now, Cristina De Stefano’s new biography of the Italian journalistic superstar Oriana Fallaci — unabashed hagiography to counter the writer’s late-life reputational demise — must suffice.
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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.
HAGIOGRAPHY Defined for English Language Learners
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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