pa·​thog·​ra·​phy pə-ˈthä-grə-fē How to pronounce pathography (audio)
: biography that focuses on a person's illnesses, misfortunes, or failures
also : sensational or morbid biography

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Recent Examples on the Web Seife is not committing pathography. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021

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Word History


borrowed from German Pathographie, from patho- patho- + -graphie -graphy

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pathography was in 1917

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“Pathography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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