(?), n. [F. historien.] 1. A writer of history; a chronicler; an annalist.
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Even the historian takes great liberties with facts.
Sir J. Reynolds.
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2. One versed or well informed in history.
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Great captains should be good historians.
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(hs*tr"*kl), } a. [L. historicus, Gr. "istoriko`s: cf. F. historique. See History.] Of or pertaining to history, or the record of past events; as, an historical poem; the historic page. -- His*tor"ic*al*ness, n. -- His*to*ric"i*ty (#), n.
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There warriors frowning in historic brass.
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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.
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3. Belonging to the past; as, historical (or historic) times; a historical character.
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4. Within the period of time recorded in written documents; as, within historic times. Opposite of prehistoric.
Syn. -- diachronic.
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5. (Linguistics) Same as diachronic. synchronic
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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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