Definition of hagiography in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhaɡēˈäɡrəfē/


1The writing of the lives of saints.
Example sentences
  • In spite of its unreliability as a factual source for specific information about individual saints, however, hagiography supplies us with a rich source of information about medieval social and philosophical attitudes.
  • Saint Martin's hagiography portrays him as a powerful exorcist who fought personally with Satan throughout his life.
  • Green did not set out to write hagiography, but I think this is hagiography at its best.
1.1 derogatory Adulatory writing about another person.
Example sentences
  • But it matters in a different way too; it makes a difference in the hagiography which pseudo-journalists have been peddling.
  • His only real strength is the hagiography that was carefully cultivated after the attacks.
  • So, the hagiography was good only to wrap the rotten mackerel of the administration.
1.2Biography that idealizes its subject.
Example sentences
  • Chapters three and four make a strong case for the use of biographies and hagiographies to help reconstruct the ‘making’ of a saint.
  • Too many Hollywood biographies are either poorly written, cut and paste hagiographies or spiteful, fantastical hatchet jobs that only prove the authors' distaste for their subject.
  • Many of the films have intimate access to their subjects and while they all celebrate the work of the artists concerned, they are far from hagiographies.



Pronunciation: /ˈˌhaɡēəˈˌɡrafik/ /ˈˌhāɡēəˈˌɡrafik/ /ˈˌhäɡēəˈˌɡrafik/
Example sentences
  • American history tends to be hagiographic in nature, building images of men like Washington and Lincoln as two dimensional ‘men in white hats’, sent by God himself to vanquish the forces of evil.
  • They devise TV tributes, hagiographic movies and Broadway-style shows of the kind I saw in London last week and will be telling you about later in this column.
  • Despite its arguably hagiographic and romantic nature, he presents some excellent material.


Pronunciation: /ˌhaɡēəˈɡrafəkəl/ /ˌhāɡēə-/
Example sentences
  • The trouble with retrospection - especially the kind of hagiographical retrospection that comes with a box set - is that it lends everything added poignancy.
  • I do not appreciate the hagiographical approach of the media.
  • The book was authorised, not critical, and its intent was somewhat hagiographical.

Words that rhyme with hagiography

autobiography, bibliography, biography, cardiography, cartography, chirography, choreography, chromatography, cinematography, cosmography, cryptography, demography, discography, filmography, geography, historiography, hydrography, iconography, lexicography, lithography, oceanography, orthography, palaeography (US paleography), photography, radiography, reprography, stenography, topography, typography

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Syllabification: hag·i·og·ra·phy

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