historic

Definition of historic

his`tor´ic   Pronunciation: hĭs`tǒr´ĭk
a.1.Of or pertaining to history, or the record of past events; as, an historical poem; the historic page.
There warriors frowning in historic brass.
- Pope.
2.having once lived, existed, or taken place in the real world; - contrasted with legendary; as, the historical Jesus; doubt that a historical Camelot every existed; actual historical events.
3.Belonging to the past; as, historical (or historic) times; a historical character.
4.Within the period of time recorded in written documents; as, within historic times. Opposite of prehistoric.
5.(Linguistics) Same as diachronic.
Historical painting
that branch of painting which represents the events of history.
Historical sense
that meaning of a passage which is deduced from the circumstances of time, place, etc., under which it was written.
The historic sense
the capacity to conceive and represent the unity and significance of a past era or age.

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