historical - definition and synonyms

adjective [usually before noun] 

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  1. 1
    connected with history or with the past

    The painting depicts an actual historical event.

    There are no historical precedents for a President resigning in mid-term.

    The Abbey is a major historical monument.

    1. a.
      connected with history as a subject of study

      historical research/evidence

      a question of purely historical interest (=of no importance to people today)

      The conflict needs to be put in its historical context to be understood.

    2. b.
      used for describing someone or something as they really existed in the past

      The historical Julius Caesar bore little resemblance to Shakespeare’s character.

  2. 2
    literature a historical novel, film etc is based on people or events that existed in the past