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hagiology

[hag-ee-ol-uh-jee, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg iˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌheɪ dʒi-/
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
1800-1810
1800-10; hagio- + -logy
Related forms
hagiologic
[hag-ee-uh-loj-ik, hey-jee-] /ˌhæg i əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, ˌheɪ dʒi-/ (Show IPA),
hagiological, adjective
hagiologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hagiologist

hagiology

/ˌhæɡɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
literature concerned with the lives and legends of saints
2.
  1. a biography of a saint
  2. a collection of such biographies
3.
an authoritative canon of saints
4.
a history of sacred writings
Derived Forms
hagiologic (ˌhæɡɪəˈlɒdʒɪk), hagiological, adjective
hagiologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for hagiologist

hagiology

n.

"study of saints' lives," 1807, from Greek hagios "holy, devoted to the gods" + -ology. First element perhaps from PIE *yag- "to worship, reverence," and cognate with Greek agnos "chaste," Sanskrit yajati "reveres (a god) with sacrifices, worships," Old Persian ayadana "temple." Related: Hagiologist (1805).

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