Definition of hagiographer in US English:



  • 1A writer of the lives of the saints.

    • ‘His hagiographers tend to stress the innocence of it all.’
    • ‘To this end, hagiographers included in their narratives much that we can identify as ‘realistic.’’
    • ‘I never saw him being ‘sunny,’ a favorite adjective of the hagiographers.’
    • ‘His hagiographers may spin in their graves, but the truth will be told.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even his hagiographer puts his performance as ‘at best pragmatic, at worst opportunistic and short-termist’.’
    • ‘The tenth-century hagiographer seems to have thought as much.’
    • ‘The hagiographer of Lenin took it with zeal.’
    • ‘While it is almost inevitable that a biographer will either be a hagiographer or a betrayer, his betrayals are, actually, of a special order.’
    1. 1.1 A person who writes in an adulatory way about someone else, especially in a biography.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Theology
    A writer of any of the Hagiographa.

    • ‘No medieval hagiographer better satisfied the need for historical ‘facts’ and for hagiographical ‘types’ (David, Elijah, Antony the Hermit).’
    • ‘That is what the hagiographers were convinced they were doing, and so must their transmitters be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’