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)
It looks and sounds very similar to the Stalin hagiography you posted not very long ago … animalauthor
But a disturbing quality I find in UU hagiography is that it often revises the portraits of our saints to more closely resemble who we would have liked them to be than who they actually were.
Might be interesting to compare Latin hagiography (say, the Life of Cuthbert) with English hagiography (Aelfric's Life of Oswald), but I worry that doing so would be more appropriate for a Medieval Literature class than for a true survey.
But despite the book's subtitle, "Toward a Gay Hagiography," any such hagiography is simply invisible in the book.
I don't know what his hagiography is like, but his writing on music is notoriously untrustworthy.
Closely connected with Greek hagiography is Slavonic hagiography.
I am not saying he was a bad man, I am just not drinking your Kool-Aid, and I think this newspaper indulged in hagiography. —
The flip side of the hagiography is the backlash Jacklash?
My mother, a Protestant convert not especially well versed in Irish hagiography, misspelled the name on my birth certificate.
In this wholly un-catholic context, "hagiography" is a pejorative term, an accusation that the biographer writes with uncritical reverence.