hagiology (n.) "study of saints' lives," 1807, from Gk. hagios "holy, devoted to the gods" + -OLOGY (Cf. -ology). First element perhaps from PIE *yag- "to worship, reverence," and cognate with Gk. agnos "chaste," Skt. yajati "reveres (a god) with sacrifices, worships," O.Pers. ayadana "temple." Related: Hagiologist (1805).

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  • hagiology — noun Date: 1807 1. literature dealing with venerated persons or writings 2. a list of venerated figures • hagiologic or hagiological adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Hagiology — The body of literature concerned with lives and legends of Christian saints; also a collection of saints traditions, e.g. Eusebius s stories of the martyrs of Palestine in the 4c, or Pope Gregory s Dialogues, which recount stories about St… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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