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biographical

or biographic

[bahy-uh-graf-i-kuh l] /ˌbaɪ əˈgræf ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a person's life:
He's gathering biographical data for his book on Milton.
2.
pertaining to or containing biography:
a biographical dictionary.
Origin of biographical
1730-1740
1730-40; biograph(y) + -ical
Related forms
biographically, adverb
nonbiographical, adjective
nonbiographically, adverb
pseudobiographic, adjective
pseudobiographical, adjective
pseudobiographically, adverb
quasi-biographical, adjective
quasi-biographically, adverb
semibiographic, adjective
semibiographical, adjective
semibiographically, adverb
unbiographical, adjective
unbiographically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for biographic
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  • To all which questions, not unessential in a biographic work, mere Conjecture must for most part return answer.

    Sartor Resartus Thomas Carlyle
  • In the earlier letters of the series we have to note a few points of biographic interest.

    Life of John Keats William Michael Rossetti
  • Altogether the finest bit of biographic work that has been done in many a day.

    Juggernaut George Cary Eggleston
  • A biographic sketch of Emma Goldman's interesting career, with splendid portrait, is included in the book.

    Marriage and Love Emma Goldman
  • Rowe did his work quite as well as the rudimentary state of the biographic art of his day allowed.

  • The entire landscape seemed as a biographic picture, and affected the eyes in similar degree.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • But, indeed, we should miss much of the biographic interest of the last two sonnets by detaching them from the two first.

  • I remember once remarking to him upon the value of patois within certain limits—not only in imaginative but in biographic art.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • In the forms customarily used for biographic charts, there is liberal provision for daily notes.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • See our Essay for the biographic interest of this poem, and also Notes at its close.

Word Origin and History for biographic

biographical

adj.

1738; see biography + -ical. Related: Biographically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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