Definition of hagiographer in English:


Line breaks: hagi|og¦raph¦er
Pronunciation: /ˌhaɡɪˈɒɡrəfə


1A writer of the lives of the saints.
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  • Thus, while both chroniclers and hagiographers tended to fall into the prevalent pattern of ignoring women as authoritative sources, nevertheless, they relied on women's evidence.
  • To this end, hagiographers included in their narratives much that we can identify as ‘realistic.’
  • His hagiographers tend to stress the innocence of it all.
1.1A biographer who treats their subject with undue reverence.
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  • Whiteley is no hagiographer - he can be coldly critical of his subject's blind spots and prejudices - and yet Banham's stature is enhanced rather than diminished by this study, which was no doubt the intention.
  • Focusing on the role of the hagiographer as mediator between the saint and the saint's followers, he highlights the role of hagiographers in shaping these followers' communities.
  • This book is a real effort to distinguish between the problems and perspectives of the hagiographer on the one hand and the historian on the other.
2 Theology A writer of any of the Hagiographa.
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  • Several essays address the self-reflexive nature of hagiographic traditions-the tendency of hagiographers to rewrite and adapt material and the interplay between adaptations from which clues of context may be discerned.
  • He has chosen nine other contributors, mainly from the U.K., among them the excellent hagiographer.
  • That is what the hagiographers were convinced they were doing, and so must their transmitters be.

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