His*to"ri*an(?), n. [F. historien.] 1. A writer of history; a chronicler; an annalist.
Even the historian takes great liberties with facts.Sir J. Reynolds.
2. One versed or well informed in history.
Great captains should be good historians.South.
his*tor"ic*al(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.
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
3. Belonging to the past; as,
historical (or historic) times; a
4. Within the period of time recorded in written documents; as, within
historic times. Opposite of
Syn. -- diachronic.
(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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