hagiologist

hagiology

[hag-ee-ol-uh-jee, hey-jee-]
noun, plural hagiologies for 2, 3.
1.
the branch of literature dealing with the lives and legends of the saints.
2.
a biography or narrative of a saint or saints.
3.
a collection of such biographies or narratives.

Origin:
1800–10; hagio- + -logy

hagiologic [hag-ee-uh-loj-ik, hey-jee-] , hagiological, adjective
hagiologist, noun
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hagiology (ˌhæɡɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
 
n , pl -gies
1.  literature concerned with the lives and legends of saints
2.  a.  a biography of a saint
 b.  a collection of such biographies
3.  an authoritative canon of saints
4.  a history of sacred writings
 
hagiologic
 
adj
 
hagio'logical
 
adj
 
hagi'ologist
 
n

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hagiology
"study of saints' lives," 1807, from Gk. hagios "holy" + logia "study." First element probably cognate with Gk. agnos "chaste," Skt. yajati "reveres (a god) with sacrifices, worships," O.Pers. ayadana "temple." Hagiographical is attested from 1585.
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