His*tor"ic (?), His*tor"ic*al (?), a. [L. historicus, Gr. : 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.

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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