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 (hĭ-stôr′ĭk, -stŏr′-)
1. Having importance in or influence on history.
2. Historical.
Usage Note: Historic and historical have similar, though usually distinct, meanings. Historic refers to that which is associated with significant events in history: the historic first voyage to the moon. Thus, a historic house is likely to be of interest not just because it is relatively old, but because an important person lived in it or was otherwise associated with it. In contrast, historical refers more generally to that which happened in the past, regardless of significance: a minor historical character in the novel, the historical architecture in the center of town. These distinctions are not always observed, however, and a historic tour of a city might include the same sights as a historical tour. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the context makes the intended meaning clear.
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1. famous or likely to become famous in history; significant
2. (Historical Terms) a less common word for historical1, historical2, historical3, historical4, historical5
3. (Linguistics) linguistics Also: secondary (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit verb tenses) referring to past time
Usage: A distinction is usually made between historic (important, significant) and historical (pertaining to history): a historic decision; a historical perspective
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(hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-)

1. well-known or important in history: a historic building.
[1605–15; < Latin < Greek]
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1. 'historic'

You use historic to say that something was important in history, or that it will be regarded as important in the future.

...their historic struggle for emancipation.
...a historic decision.
2. 'historical'

You use historical to say that someone or something really existed or happened in the past, rather than being invented by a writer.

Which historical figure would be guest of honour at your house-warming party?

Historical novels, plays, and films deal with real or imaginary events in the past.

...Richard of Bordeaux, a historical play by Gordon Daviot.

Historical occurs in the names of some organizations concerned with the subject of history.

...the German Historical Institute.

However, if you want to say that something relates to the teaching of history, you use history in front of another noun. You do not use 'historic' or 'historical'.

...a history book.
...a history lesson.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.historic - belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past; "historic victories"; "historical (or historic) times"; "a historical character"
past - earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"
2.historic - important in history; "the historic first voyage to outer space"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"
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adjective significant, notable, momentous, famous, celebrated, extraordinary, outstanding, remarkable, ground-breaking, consequential, red-letter, epoch-making the historic changes in Eastern Europe
ordinary, unknown, unimportant, uncelebrated
Usage: Although historic and historical are similarly spelt they are very different in meaning and should not be used interchangeably. A distinction is usually made between historic, which means `important' or `significant', and historical, which means `pertaining to history': a historic decision; a historical perspective.
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تاريخي، مُهم جدا


[hɪsˈtɒrɪk] ADJhistórico
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[hɪˈstɒrɪk] adj
(= momentous) [agreement, decision] → historique; [victory] → historique; [opportunity] → historique
an historic opportunity to redraw the political map of the Middle East → une occasion historique de redessiner la carte politique du Moyen-Orient
an historic moment → un moment historique
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adj (also Gram) → historisch
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[hɪsˈtɒrɪk] adjstorico/a
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(ˈhistəri) plural ˈhistories noun
1. the study of events etc that happened in the past. She is studying British history; (also adjective) a history lesson/book.
2. a description usually in writing of past events, ways of life etc. I'm writing a history of Scotland.
3. (the description of) the usually interesting events etc associated with (something). This desk/word has a very interesting history.
hiˈstorian (-ˈstoː-) noun
a person who studies (and writes about) history.
hiˈstoric (-ˈsto-) adjective
famous or important in history. a historic battle.
hiˈstorical (-ˈsto-) adjective
1. of or about history; of or about people or events from history. historical research; historical novels.
2. that actually happened or existed, not legendary or mythical. Was Shakespeare's character Macbeth a historical person?
hiˈstorically (-ˈsto-) adverb
make history
to do something very important, especially to be the first to do something. The Wright brothers made history when they were the first to fly an aeroplane.
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Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.
In historic events the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself.
Thomas Waite, I besought that worthy successor and representative of so many historic personages to conduct me over their time honored mansion.
He readily complied; but, to confess the truth, I was forced to draw strenuously upon my imagination, in order to find aught that was interesting in a house which, without its historic associations, would have seemed merely such a tavern as is usually favored by the custom of decent city boarders, and old-fashioned country gentlemen.
It strikes me, however, that among your Australian friends may be someone who wishes to make a settlement in the Old Country, and would care to fix the spot in one of the most historic regions in England, full of romance and legend, and with a never-ending vista of historical interest--an estate which, though small, is in perfect condition and with illimitable possibilities of development, and many doubtful--or unsettled-- rights which have existed before the time of the Romans or even Celts, who were the original possessors.
"The property is historic, and as time goes on it will increase in value.
With him, as happens so rarely, an intimate knowledge of historic detail is the secret of life, of the impression of life; puts his own imagination on the wing; secures the imaginative cooperation of the reader.
I tell you, this was the historic match of the Gardens.
The doctor nodded civilly, half thinking that the stranger's uncommon greeting was perhaps in deference to the historic surroundings.
Many historic vows had met with sadly less lucky fulfilment.
If Grandfather took pride in anything, it was in being the possessor of such an honorable and historic elbow- chair.
I have thought a great deal about that lovely England since I left it, and all the famous historic scenes I visited; but I have come to the conclusion that it is not a country in which I should care to reside.

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