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[hag-ee-og-ruh-fee, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg iˈɒg rə fi, ˌheɪ dʒi-/

noun, plural hagiographies.
the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology.
noun (pl) -phies
the writing of the lives of the saints
biography of the saints
any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject

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


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