hagiography

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From Ancient Greek ἅγιος (hágios, holy) + -γραφία (-graphía, writing).

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hagiography (countable and uncountable, plural hagiographies)

  1. (uncountable) The study of saints.
  2. (countable) A biography of a saint.
  3. (countable) A biography which expresses reverence and respect for its subject.
  4. (pejorative) A biography which is uncritically supportive of its subject, often including embellishments or propaganda.

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