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Jan 29, 2010
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Words made with combining forms

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theogony
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hagiography

Oxford Dictionary of Saints
Hagiography (sense 1)

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Hagiography (sense 2)

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with Anu Garg

hagiography

PRONUNCIATION:
(hag-ee-OG-ruh-fee, hay-jee-)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A biography of a saint.
2. An uncritical biography, treating its subject with undue reverence.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek hagio- (holy) + -graphy (writing). A related word is hagiocracy (a government by holy persons; also a place thus governed).

USAGE:
"There's a whiff of hagiography in the sometimes sympathetic portrayal of the gang. But then, one man's terrorist..."
Tim Walker; The Baader-Meinhof Complex; The Independent (London, UK); Apr 17, 2009.

See more usage examples of hagiography in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When we have exposed the specious reasoning of the hunters' apologists and stripped their sport of its counterfeit legitimacy, the naked brutality of hunting defines itself: killing for the fun of it. -Steve Ruggeri, former hunter and activist (1949-1998)

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