hagiography hagiography  /ˌhæ ɡi ˈɑ ɡrə fi/


  • (n) a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)


  1. Worse, her writeup was a hagiography that beggars belief.
  2. But the Rwanda story veers toward hagiography as it praises the Warrens' compassion and commitment to healing the African nation, which is still haunted by the genocide of the 1990sSee the top 10 religion stories of 2008.
  3. Gorbachev has reacted to incipient hagiography in the Soviet press by being tight-lipped about his private life.


  • Charles Moore's 'Margaret Thatcher' Is A Softer Iron Lady

    The author was handpicked by Margaret Thatcher to write her authorized biography. Though he clearly admires Thatcher, reviewer Annalisa Quinn says that the book is no hagiography — it is staggeringly thorough, and the storytelling is vivid and interesting.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: NPR

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  1. In a piece devoid of nuance, Pilger wrote in South Africa's Mail and Guardian newspaper that Carlin's as yet unpublished book was not merely "another hagiography brimming with clichés and stereotypes" but also pretentious.
    on Jun 14, 2008 By: John Pilger Source: Sunday Herald

  2. In referencing the financial bailout, Affleck says: "Newsweek, I feel like, is basically culpable for the first [$350 billion]. They did like this hagiography on Paulson. Did you read that?"
    on Jan 22, 2009 By: Ben Affleck Source: Newsweek

  3. Democratic Unionist Party MP Gregory Campbell said: "Bobby Sands and the other hunger strikers were criminals, not idealistic young revolutionaries. Senior IRA criminals are not deserving of the hagiography that Channel 4 seems to be dispensing."
    on Oct 23, 2008 By: Gregory Campbell Source: BBC News

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