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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 his·tor·ic his·tor·ic·al a.  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.