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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Biography of saints.
  • n. A worshipful or idealizing biography.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of saints.
  • n. A biography of a saint.
  • n. A biography which expresses reverence and respect for its subject.
  • n. A biography which is uncritically supportive of its subject, often including embellishments or propaganda.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as Hagiographa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sacred writing or literature; sacred writings collectively; a collection of lives of the saints.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ἅγιος (hagios, "holy") + -γραφία (-graphia, "writing"). (Wiktionary)

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  • From p. 24 of Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time to Keep Silence":

    Vellum-bound folios and quartos receded in vistas, and thousands of ancient and modern works on theology, canon law, dogma, patrology, patristics, hagiography, mysticism and even magic, and almost as many on secular history, art and travel.

    January 21, 2014