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 (hĭ-stôr′ĭ-kəl, -stŏr′-)
a. Of or relating to history; concerned with past events: a historical account.
b. Based on past events or set in the past: a historical novel.
c. Used in or providing evidence of the past: historical costumes; historical records.
2. Concerned with phenomena as they change through time: a historical dictionary.
3. Important or famous in history. See Usage Note at historic.

his·tor′i·cal·ly adv.
his·tor′i·cal·ness n.
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Adv.1.historically - throughout history; "historically they have never coexisted peacefully"
2.historically - with respect to history; "this is historically interesting"
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[hɪsˈtɒrɪkəlɪ] ADVhistóricamente
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[hɪˈstɒrɪkəli] adv (from a historical point of view) [accurate, inaccurate] → historiquement
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(= traditionally)traditionellerweise; the country has historically been very dependent on agriculturedas Land war immer schon stark von der Landwirtschaft abhängig
(= relating to history) important, accurate, considerhistorisch; historically uniqueeinmalig in der Geschichte; as historically significant as …von gleicher historischer Bedeutung wie …; historically (speaking)historisch gesehen, aus historischer Sicht
(= uniquely) important, high etceinmalig, beispiellos
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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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How artfully he deals with it, how decently, how wholesomely, those who know Venetian society of the eighteenth century historically, will perceive when they recall the adequate impression he gives of it without offence in character or language or situation.
If England can point to the most brilliant feats of cavalry in military history, it is simply owing to the fact that she has historically developed this force both in beasts and in men.
The Queen of Denmark, a very buxom lady, though no doubt historically brazen, was considered by the public to have too much brass about her; her chin being attached to her diadem by a broad band of that metal (as if she had a gorgeous toothache), her waist being encircled by another, and each of her arms by another, so that she was openly mentioned as "the kettledrum." The noble boy in the ancestral boots, was inconsistent; representing himself, as it were in one breath, as an able seaman, a strolling actor, a grave-digger, a clergyman, and a person of the utmost importance at a Court fencing-match, on the authority of whose practised eye and nice discrimination the finest strokes were judged.
"Upon the fact that to the virtues and merits of the civilised Westerner there has become historically added--though this is not his chief point--a capacity for acquiring capital; whereas, not only is the Russian incapable of acquiring capital, but also he exhausts it wantonly and of sheer folly.
Some of the wise even among themselves 'exclaim against their own succession,' as Hamlet puts it; but lyrically, dramatically, and even historically, I am tenderly attached to them."
Yet this may be a question having no answer "which is still worth asking," because the investigation shows that we can not argue historically from the dates in Plato; it would be useless therefore to waste time in inventing far-fetched reconcilements of them in order avoid chronological difficulties, such, for example, as the conjecture of C.
The well was in a dark chamber which stood in the center of a cut-stone chapel, whose walls were hung with pious pictures of a workmanship that would have made a chromo feel good; pictures historically commemorative of curative miracles which had been achieved by the waters when nobody was looking.
The bourgeoisie, historically, has played a most revolutionary part.
We didn't chum with the other girls, who called us little cannibals, just because we came from the Sandwich Islands, and who made invidious remarks about our ancestors banqueting on Captain Cook--which was historically untrue, and, besides, our ancestors hadn't lived in Hawaii.
For reasons I shall not mention, by paths of descent I shall not describe, in the crown of my manhood and the prime of my devilishness in which Oxford renegades and racing younger sons had nothing on me, I found myself master and owner of a schooner so well known that she shall remain historically nameless.
In Yorkshire, it is historically known that the ancient black cattle were displaced by the long-horns, and that these 'were swept away by the short-horns' (I quote the words of an agricultural writer) 'as if by some murderous pestilence.'
It is, therefore, a striking fact that in the Friendly archipelago, which consists of a group of atolls upheaved and since partially worn down, two volcanos, and perhaps more, are historically known to have been in action.

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