Definition of biography in English:

biography

Line breaks: biog|raphy
Pronunciation: /bʌɪˈɒgrəfi
 
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noun (plural biographies)

1An account of someone’s life written by someone else.
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  • Hey, there are people writing novels and biographies using pictures as well as words.
  • Was it possible to write the bestselling biography to match the box-office hit?
  • Drummund, who was also a biographer for Billy Graham, wrote an excellent biography on Finney which deals with this.
Synonyms
life story, life history, life, memoir, profile, account
informal bio, biog
rare prosopography
1.1 [mass noun] Biographies considered as a literary genre: the basic difference of approach to autobiography and biography
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  • Over the past 27 years, Norman Sherry has been pioneering a new literary genre: biography as ordeal.
  • By taking on these sympathetic forms, literary biography can supply parallel narratives to those of novels.
  • It is closer to literary Criticism, than biography but without ever being boring.
1.2The course of a person’s life: although their individual biographies are different, both are motivated by a similar ambition
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  • It exposes the paradox that Plath's texts cannot be read through biography and cannot be read apart from it.
  • Some knowledge of Shapiro's biography is open to any reader in the dedication.
  • Over the centuries, Laozi's life took on elements of the mythological hero's biography.

Origin

late 17th century: from French biographie or modern Latin biographia, from medieval Greek, from bios 'life' + -graphia 'writing'.

Derivatives

biographer

noun
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  • Birthplace of Scottish novelist, short-story writer, biographer and poet.
  • He was called to the Irish bar in 1951 and has earned a reputation as an esteemed playwright, poet and biographer.
  • Novelists, poets and playwrights all see such biographers as parasites.

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