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  • adj. Of or pertaining to hagiography.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • of or pertaining to the Hagiographa, or to sacred writings; -- same as hagiographal.
  • of or pertaining to hagiography.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to hagiography; relating to the Hagiographa, or to sacred writings.


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  • He is joined by self-promoting individuals like Randall Terry, who is willing to force a senior Vatican official into a humiliating apology to fellow bishops so that he can get himself some column inches, and Frank Pavone, who places his own face on his antiabortion billboards and for whom the term hagiographic was coined.

    Jon O'Brien: The Real Idea of a University

  • Allan Benton, a smoked-bacon artisan in Madisonville, Tenn., has received the kind of hagiographic accolades from food magazines and celebrity chefs usually reserved for food magazines and celebrity chefs.

    The Bacon Backlash

  • According to Phipps, students of Aurobindo and the Mother have a tendency to take this kind of hagiographic inflation to extreme heights.

    The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have already accomplished the metaphysical victory

  • In her astute review of Louis Begley's biographical essay on Kafka [NYR, July 17], Zadie Smith draws on Gustav Janouch's Conversations with Kafka (1951), while observing that the work is "hagiographic" and that Kafka's words are "'reported speech' and most probably prettified for publication."

    Kafka's Unreliable Friend

  • Nostalgia, of course, is the tenderest trap, and those days have taken on a hagiographic glow.

    Live and Let Love

  • I thought their hagiographic leaflet about Boris Johnson – "how our borough is safer under Mayor Boris Johnson" and "London's transport being transformed under Mayor Boris" – was unique to them.

    Simon Hoggart's week: No country for ordinary folk

  • Bachmann announced her presidency today in the small Iowa town where she was born, and tomorrow Palin will be attending a premiere of the hagiographic movie about her life so far in a different Iowa town.

    Chris Weigant: Bachmann Rising, Palin Fading?

  • But with Mr. Putin seeking to return to the presidency in elections March 4, state media have stepped up their hagiographic coverage of the man who has run Russia for the past 12 years.

    Radio Move Is Viewed as Kremlin 'Pressure'

  • Most striking is that the process of deliberation and decision bears little resemblance to the exalted images that we hold as derivatives of uncritical popular history and hagiographic documentaries.

    Michael Brenner: HuffPost Review: Obama's Wars

  • A new genre of "criticism" has arisen -- one hesitates to call it that, since it doesn't meet the definition of criticism, but is rather hollow hagiographic appreciation (something like what criticism used to be in the pre-scientific days, before New Criticism), often written by one master in praise of another.

    Anis Shivani: Creative Writing Programs: Is The MFA System Corrupt And Undemocratic?


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  • Originally referring to religious figures of saints, the secular usage refers to reverential portayals of prominent figures, such as dictators or royalty.

    June 21, 2009