A hagiography is a type of biography that puts the subject in a very flattering light. Hagiographies are often about saints.

The two halves of hagiography refer to holiness and writing, and it is something written about holy people. Originally, a hagiography was a biography of a saint written without skepticism or criticism. A hagiography idealizes the subject and puts them on a pedestal. These days, a hagiography is not necessarily written about a saint, but it still idolizes the subject. A hagiography makes the subject seems like a hero, or at least a wonderful, nearly perfect person.

Definitions of hagiography

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

Type of:
biography, life, life history, life story
an account of the series of events making up a person's life

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