hagiography


hagiography

noun, plural hag·i·og·ra·phies.

  1. the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology.

noun plural -phies

  1. the writing of the lives of the saints
  2. biography of the saints
  3. any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject
n.

“writing of saints’ lives,” 1821, from Greek hagios “holy” (see hagiology) + -graphy. Related: Hagiographic (1819); hagiographical (1580s); hagiographer (1650s).

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