Meaning of hagiology in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhaɡɪˈɒlədʒi/


mass noun
  • Literature dealing with the lives and legends of saints.

    ‘The hagiology from which he has benefited in the last 50 years suggests that he may well have been right.’
    • ‘He immediately emphasized the theoretical and practical significance of hagiology as a science, as well as the parish priest's book at the first of its kind in our country.’
    • ‘She succeeded in portraying truthfully - without debunking, but also without hagiology - good men and women.’
    • ‘The study of the live of the saints (hagiology), necessary to assess sanctity, needs its own method.’
    • ‘The core teachings of Christ were gradually wrapped in a vast and wide-ranging symbolic iconography and hagiology while Judaism and Islam both developed elaborate esoteric, neo-platonic and hermetic schools of thought illustrated through sapiential tales and gnostic parables, in the likeness of earlier mystery cults of the Middle East.’