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historical adj
1 of or relating to the study of history; "historical scholars"; "a historical perspective" [ant: ahistorical]
2 having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary; "the historical Jesus"; "doubt that a historical Camelot every existed"; "actual historical events"
3 belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past; "historic victories"; "historical (or historic) times"; "a historical character" [syn: historic]
4 used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time; "diachronic linguistics" [syn: diachronic] [ant: synchronic]

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English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /hɪˈstɒɹɪkəl/, /hI"stQrIk@l/
  • (US) /hɪˈstɔːɹɪkəl/, /hI"stO:rIk@l/

Adjective

  1. Pertaining to the history, to what happened in the past.

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Extensive Definition

History is the study of the past, particularly the written record of the human race, but more generally including scientific and archaeological discoveries about the past. Recently, there has been an increased interest in oral history, passed down from generation to generation. New technology, such as photography, sound recording, and motion pictures, now complement the written word in the historical record.
The word history derives from the Greek ἱστορία (historia), "a learning by inquiry" and that from ἱστορέω (historeō), "to examine, to observe, to inquire", in turn from ἵστωρ (histōr), "a wise man, one who knows right, a judge". Academically, history is the field of research producing a continuous narrative and a systematic analysis of past events of importance to the human race. Those who study history as a profession are called historians.

Etymology

historical in Afrikaans: Geskiedenis
historical in Amharic: ታሪክ
historical in Old English (ca. 450-1100): Stǣr
historical in Arabic: تاريخ
historical in Aragonese: Istoria
historical in Franco-Provençal: Histouère
historical in Assamese: ইতিহাস
historical in Asturian: Hestoria
historical in Guarani: Tembiasakue
historical in Aymara: Nayra sarnaqawi
historical in Azerbaijani: Tarix
historical in Bambara: Tariku
historical in Bengali: ইতিহাস
historical in Min Nan: Le̍k-sú
historical in Bashkir: Тарих
historical in Belarusian: Гісторыя
historical in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Гісторыя
historical in Bavarian: G'schichte
historical in Bosnian: Historija
historical in Breton: Istor
historical in Bulgarian: История
historical in Catalan: Història
historical in Chuvash: Истори
historical in Cebuano: Kasaysayan
historical in Czech: Historie
historical in Corsican: Storia
historical in Welsh: Hanes
historical in Danish: Historie
historical in German: Geschichte
historical in Estonian: Ajalugu
historical in Modern Greek (1453-): Ιστορία
historical in Spanish: Historia
historical in Esperanto: Historio
historical in Basque: Historia
historical in Persian: تاریخ
historical in Faroese: Søga
historical in French: Histoire
historical in Western Frisian: Skiednis
historical in Friulian: Storie
historical in Irish: Stair
historical in Manx: Shennaghys
historical in Galician: Historia
historical in Classical Chinese: 史
historical in Hakka Chinese: Li̍t-sṳ́
historical in Korean: 역사
historical in Armenian: Պատմություն
historical in Hindi: इतिहास
historical in Croatian: Povijest
historical in Ido: Historio
historical in Iloko: Pakasaritaan
historical in Indonesian: Sejarah
historical in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Historia
historical in Interlingue: Historie
historical in Inuktitut: ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᖅ ᑎᑎᖅᑲᑎᒍᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᑯᓂᒃ/qaujisarniq titiqqatigut qanuiliuqtauqattarnikunik
historical in Ossetian: Истори
historical in Icelandic: Sagnfræði
historical in Italian: Storia
historical in Hebrew: היסטוריה
historical in Georgian: ისტორია
historical in Kashmiri: تاریخ
historical in Kirghiz: Тарых
historical in Swahili (macrolanguage): Historia
historical in Haitian: Istwa
historical in Kurdish: Dîrok
historical in Ladino: Istoria
historical in Latin: Historia
historical in Latvian: Vēsture
historical in Luxembourgish: Geschicht
historical in Lithuanian: Istorija
historical in Ligurian: Stöia
historical in Limburgan: Historie
historical in Lojban: citri
historical in Lombard: Stòria
historical in Hungarian: Történelem
historical in Macedonian: Историја
historical in Maltese: Storja
historical in Marathi: इतिहास
historical in Mazanderani: بگذشتی
historical in Malay (macrolanguage): Sejarah
historical in Min Dong Chinese: Lĭk-sṳ̄
nah:Huēhuehcāyōmatiliztli
historical in Dutch: Geschiedenis
historical in Dutch Low Saxon: Geschiedenis
historical in Nepali: इतिहास
historical in Japanese: 歴史
historical in Norwegian: Historie
historical in Norwegian Nynorsk: Historie
historical in Narom: Histouère
historical in Novial: Historie
historical in Occitan (post 1500): Istòria
historical in Pushto: تاريخ
historical in Low German: Historie
historical in Polish: Historia
historical in Portuguese: História
historical in Romanian: Istorie
historical in Quechua: Wiñay kawsay
historical in Russian: История
historical in Sanskrit: इतिहास
historical in Sardinian: Istòria
historical in Scots: History
historical in Saterfriesisch: Geschichte
historical in Sicilian: Storia
historical in Simple English: History
historical in Slovak: Dejiny
historical in Slovenian: Zgodovina
historical in Silesian: Historja
historical in Somali: Taariikh
historical in Serbian: Историја
historical in Serbo-Croatian: Historija
historical in Sundanese: Sajarah
historical in Finnish: Historia
historical in Swedish: Historia
historical in Tamil: வரலாறு
historical in Kabyle: Amezruy
historical in Tatar: Taríx
historical in Telugu: చరిత్ర
historical in Thai: ประวัติศาสตร์
historical in Vietnamese: Lịch sử
historical in Tajik: Таърих
historical in Tok Pisin: Histori
historical in Turkish: Tarih
historical in Turkmen: Taryh
historical in Ukrainian: Історія
historical in Urdu: تاريخ
historical in Venetian: Storia
historical in Volapük: Jenav
historical in Võro: Aolugu
historical in Waray (Philippines): Kasaysayan
historical in Wolof: Taariix
historical in Yiddish: היסטאריע
historical in Yoruba: Ìtàn
historical in Contenese: 史
historical in Zeeuws: Geschiedenisse
historical in Samogitian: Istuorėjė
historical in Chinese: 歷史

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