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hagiography

[hag-ee-og-ruh-fee, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg iˈɒg rə fi, ˌheɪ dʒi-/
noun, plural hagiographies.
1.
the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; hagio- + -graphy
Related forms
hagiographic
[hag-ee-uh-graf-ik, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌheɪ dʒi-/ (Show IPA),
hagiographical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hagiography

hagiography

/ˌhæɡɪˈɒɡrəfɪ/
noun (pl) -phies
1.
the writing of the lives of the saints
2.
biography of the saints
3.
any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject
Derived Forms
hagiographic (ˌhæɡɪəˈɡræfɪk), hagiographical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hagiography
n.

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

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