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hagiography

1. the writing of the lives of the saints
2. biography of the saints
3. any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject
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The liegois hagiographers rehabilitated his image by comparing the bishop to Elijah and John the Baptist.
It would be reasonable to ask here whether otvod was performed during the two transactions mentioned in the text (the initial sale of the land to Peter, and later, the dispute over the lake) as well as why Peter's hagiographer remained silent on the issue.
3) First and foremost an Anglican cleric (Rector of Lew Trenchard from 1881 until his death more than four decades later), he was also a theologian, hagiographer, novelist, linguist, and collector of folk songs.
Michael Munn's style as a biographer is that of the hagiographer.
Hirst hagiographer Gordon Burn, for example, could write romantically of the millionaire, restaurant-owning pop-impresario artist in The Guardian as late as April 2000 that "he has always used drugs and drink as a way of isolating himself from banal experience and to bring him to something original or extraordinary in the moment that nobody else can see.
This latest effort by priest and hagiographer Holbock complements earlier dictionaries of saints.
The remaining selections are three brief texts: a book review article "Per mortem ad vitam" (1910) prompted by Heidegger's reading of Lies of Life and Truth of Life (1896) by the Danish poet and Catholic hagiographer Johannes Jorgensen (1866-1956); a letter from 1919 to Father Engelbert Krebs, Heidegger's longtime friend and a professor of theology at the University of Freiburg; and "The Problem of Categories" (1916), a supplementary concluding section to Heidegger's postdoctoral dissertation.
Though he is sympathetic with Abbey and advances some half-hearted apologies for the more outrageous manifestations of the writer's political incorrectness, Cahalan is no hagiographer.
Within the same context, she surveys Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's 1992 "defining deviancy down" speech to the American Sociological Association: though as Moynihan had already proved a hagiographer of Martin Luther King, and afterwards turned into a cynical defender of the Clintons, he would himself appear a fairly fragrant example of that corruption which he bemoaned.
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.
The Raymond Chandler Papers is the perfect book for anyone who ever wrote a letter, read it over, drew a deep breath, and imagined it being perused with awe some 40 years later by an industrious hagiographer.
Rosenfeld begins his final paragraph, "It would take a mighty hagiographer to place John Adams on a pedestal, and indeed for two hundred years no one has been equal to the task.