historical


historical
historic, historical are sometimes distinguished in meaning.
Historic is used when the idea of association with history in the sense of being celebrated, well-known, or deserving to be well-known is stressed
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we shall visit many historic spots on our trip

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this is historic ground on which we are standing

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the incident became historic in the Square— Bennett

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the historic conference in 1948, when Lysenko announced his formal endorsement by the Communist Government— Martin Gardner

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Historical, on the other hand, implies use of or dependence on or relation to history, especially of facts or events; thus, an historic event is one that is important or famous, while an historical event is one that is supported by the evidence of history
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he is conducting an historical investigation of the Pelagian heresy

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an historical novel

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we doubt the histori-cal truth of his conclusions

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a historical phenomenon as deeply rooted as English snobbery is not to be swept away in a night— Brogan

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the author examines his own background and the historical accident which caused him to reverse the emigration of his ancestors from England to America— R. B. West

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Analogous words: famed, *famous, celebrated, renowned

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

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  • historical — adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. of, relating to, or having the character of history < historical data > b. based on history < historical novels > c. used in the past and reproduced in historical presentations 2. famous in history ; historic a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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