vocabulary

Word to the Wise: hagiography

popehagiography (noun) [the stress is on o] – a biography of a holy person (saint), or a biography of a normal person that is written in an admiring style.

Note: Can also refer to a movie.

hagiographic/hagiographical (adjective) – connected to the biography of a holy person (saint), or an admiring biography of a normal person.

hagiographically (adverb) – in a way that is connected to the biography of a holy person (saint), or an admiring biography of a normal person.

hagiographer (noun) – the writer of a biography of a holy person (saint), or an admiring biography of a normal person.

Examples of how you can use hagiography:

I’d like to read a good hagiography of Pope John Paul II, who was canonized as a saint in 2014.

You’ve probably understood that this is a hagiography of the actor, because there is no mention of his drink problem and his violent temper.

The writer was a good friend of the president, so you could expect that she approaches her subject as a hagiographer.

The documentary about the conflict was a little too hagiographical in that it tried to make smaller the war crimes that the winning side had committed, too.

There were some interesting personal details in the article about the famous athlete, but on the whole it was written too hagiographically to be believable.

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