pathography
noun Date: 1917 biography that focuses on a person's illnesses, misfortunes, or failures; also sensational or morbid biography

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  • pathography — /peuh thog reuh fee/, n., pl. pathographies. a biography that focuses on the negative elements of its subject. [1910 20 for an earlier sense; popularized by J.C. Oates, U.S. writer] * * * …   Universalium

  • pathography — noun a) A biography that focuses on faults, unlucky circumstances, failures, and other negative aspects of the persons life. b) A biography by a physician exploring the effects a disease may have had on a persons life …   Wiktionary

  • pathography — pa·thog·ra·phy (pə thogґrə fe) [patho + graphy] a history or description of disease …   Medical dictionary

  • pathography — pa•thog•ra•phy [[t]pəˈθɒg rə fi[/t]] n. cvb a biography that focuses on the negative elements of its subject • Etymology: 1985–90; popularized in this sense by J.C. Oates, U.S. writer …   From formal English to slang

  • pathography — /peuh thog reuh fee/, n., pl. pathographies. a biography that focuses on the negative elements of its subject. [1910 20 for an earlier sense; popularized by J.C. Oates, U.S. writer] …   Useful english dictionary

  • path|og|ra|phy — «PATH OG ruh fee», noun. 1. a description or narrative of illness; medical biography: »The journal Studies in Pathography collects stories of illnesses written by patients. 2. a biography that centers on the failings, misfortunes, or bad actions… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Paleopathology — (spelled palaeopathology in the UK) is the study of ancient diseases. It is useful in understanding the past history of diseases, and uses this understanding to predict its course in the future. A paleopathologist is one who studies old and… …   Wikipedia

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  • biography — 1. noun /baɪˈɒɡɹəfi,baɪˈɑːɡɹəfi/ A persons life story, especially one published. There are many biographies of Benjamin Franklin. See Also: autobiography, biographer, biographical, hagiography, pathography 2 …   Wiktionary

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