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Oct 19, 2017
This week’s theme
Words made with combining forms

This week’s words
kleptomania
stenophagous
pantophobia
hagiology

hagiology
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with Anu Garg

hagiology

PRONUNCIATION:
(hag-ee-OL-uh-jee, hay-jee-)

MEANING:
noun: Literature dealing with the lives of saints or other venerated figures.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek hagio- (holy) + -logy (study). Earliest documented use: 1807.

USAGE:
“The artist, apparently more skilled in glass than in hagiology, had placed a halo over the father’s head and canonised him by mistake.”
George Bellairs; The Crime at Halfpenny Bridge; Open Road; 2014.

See more usage examples of hagiology in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Life is mostly froth and bubble, / Two things stand like stone, / Kindness in another's trouble, / Courage in your own. -Adam Lindsay Gordon, poet (19 Oct 1833-1870)

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