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autobiography

Syllabification: au·to·bi·og·ra·phy
Pronunciation: /ˌôdəbīˈäɡrəfē
 
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Definition of autobiography in English:

noun (plural autobiographies)

1An account of a person’s life written by that person: he gives a vivid description of his childhood in his autobiography
More example sentences
  • Women are also less likely to have had the self-confidence to write diaries and autobiographies.
  • But, there are far more poorly written biographies and autobiographies by generals than there are good ones.
  • I was 14 when my English teacher set us the task of writing our autobiographies and, wishing to be as precise as possible, I asked my mother for my birth certificate.
Synonyms
memoirs, life story, personal history
1.1The autobiography as a literary genre.
Example sentences
  • It went right across the board - from literary fiction to celebrity autobiography.
  • The relation between autobiography and your writing is a complicated one.
  • I'm of another party, the one that says all autobiography is fiction.

Derivatives

autobiographer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Like many autobiographers, her honesty leans towards self-indulgence in her refusal to attempt to give the reader anything more than a blandly introspective narrative.
  • He was diffident about his achievements, in contrast to the self-aggrandisement common to autobiographers.
  • Famous in his lifetime as a journalist, literary editor, autobiographer and short story writer, he is now out of print and increasingly forgotten.

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