Definition of hagiographer in English:



  • 1A writer of the lives of the saints.

    ‘Thus, while both chroniclers and hagiographers tended to fall into the prevalent pattern of ignoring women as authoritative sources, nevertheless, they relied on women's evidence.’
    • ‘To this end, hagiographers included in their narratives much that we can identify as ‘realistic.’’
    • ‘His hagiographers tend to stress the innocence of it all.’
    • ‘His hagiographers may spin in their graves, but the truth will be told.’
    • ‘The tenth-century hagiographer seems to have thought as much.’
    • ‘While it is almost inevitable that a biographer will either be a hagiographer or a betrayer, his betrayals are, actually, of a special order.’
    • ‘Even today her media hagiographers like to affect the notion that she spoke an intrinsic Aussie truth which has escaped those lofty elitists who befuddle their brains by actually reading a book or two.’
    • ‘I never saw him being ‘sunny,’ a favorite adjective of the hagiographers.’
    • ‘Even his hagiographer puts his performance as ‘at best pragmatic, at worst opportunistic and short-termist’.’
    • ‘The hagiographer of Lenin took it with zeal.’
    1. 1.1A person who writes in an adulatory way about someone else, especially in a biography.
      ‘Whiteley is no hagiographer - he can be coldly critical of his subject's blind spots and prejudices - and yet Banham's stature is enhanced rather than diminished by this study, which was no doubt the intention.’
      • ‘Focusing on the role of the hagiographer as mediator between the saint and the saint's followers, he highlights the role of hagiographers in shaping these followers' communities.’
      • ‘This book is a real effort to distinguish between the problems and perspectives of the hagiographer on the one hand and the historian on the other.’
  • 2Theology
    A writer of any of the Hagiographa.

    ‘Several essays address the self-reflexive nature of hagiographic traditions-the tendency of hagiographers to rewrite and adapt material and the interplay between adaptations from which clues of context may be discerned.’
    • ‘He has chosen nine other contributors, mainly from the U.K., among them the excellent hagiographer.’
    • ‘That is what the hagiographers were convinced they were doing, and so must their transmitters be.’
    • ‘No medieval hagiographer better satisfied the need for historical ‘facts’ and for hagiographical ‘types’ (David, Elijah, Antony the Hermit).’
    • ‘Monk and mystic, monastic theologian and papal counselor, hagiographer and polemicist, a renowned preacher in the cloister and beyond it, Bernard was the single most important impetus for the spread of the Cistercians.’



/ˌhaɡēˈäɡrəfər/ /ˌhæɡiˈɑɡrəfər/