Definition of hagiographic in English:



See hagiography

‘American history tends to be hagiographic in nature, building images of men like Washington and Lincoln as two dimensional ‘men in white hats’, sent by God himself to vanquish the forces of evil.’
  • ‘They devise TV tributes, hagiographic movies and Broadway-style shows of the kind I saw in London last week and will be telling you about later in this column.’
  • ‘Despite its arguably hagiographic and romantic nature, he presents some excellent material.’
  • ‘It was hugely popular in 1930s Hollywood, where the lives of the great, the worthy and the impossibly good were recorded in a hagiographic pearly light.’
  • ‘While the foreign press has been flattering to the British, our own press has been positively hagiographic.’
  • ‘In place of conventional biblical and hagiographic narratives, we find subjects based more loosely on the bestiary, the Psalms, moralizing treatises, and monastic accounts of dreams and hallucinations.’
  • ‘The hagiographic accounts of his life report that because his speech, like that of the Buddha, was profound and his words spread throughout the world he came to be called Buddhaghoa, literally meaning ‘Buddha utterance’.’
  • ‘The hagiographic writings of journalists and biographers, meanwhile, focussed on the unique qualities of celebrated individuals and thus functioned as an adjunct to the apparatus.’
  • ‘It is a surprising group of images, found in connection with a variety of texts, including Gospel books, hagiographic collections, and liturgical volumes.’
  • ‘For unless one subjects the self-serving declarations of one's protagonist to scrutiny, one ends up writing in the hagiographic mode.’



/ˌhaɡēəˈɡrafik/ /ˌhæɡiəˈɡræfɪk/