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chronicle

[kron-i-kuh l] /ˈkrɒn ɪ kəl/
noun
1.
a chronological record of events; a history.
verb (used with object), chronicled, chronicling.
2.
to record in or as in a chronicle.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English cronicle < Anglo-French, variant, with -le -ule, of Old French cronique < Medieval Latin cronica (feminine singular), Latin chronica (neuter plural) < Greek chroniká annals, chronology; see chronic
Related forms
chronicler, noun
unchronicled, adjective
Synonyms
2. recount, relate, narrate, report.
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Examples for chronicle
  • Thus, this genealogical detective story also becomes part memoir, part family chronicle and part history lesson.
  • Collectively, these addresses chronicle the course of this country from its earliest days to the present.
  • But the story of his life must be admitted to be in its externals a painful and somewhat sordid chronicle.
  • Most superhero stories chronicle the rise of heroes above their humanity.
  • My stepfather has kept a decades-long chronicle of his fake career.
  • With a political career in mind, he cast about for a biographer to chronicle his exploits.
  • It is a grimly compelling chronicle of paternal enabling and filial profligacy.
  • He stares into the middle distance as he begins a ghastly and meticulous chronicle of the deaths.
  • It is a rare life that hasn't a few deplorable incidents in its chronicle.
  • So far, the trilogy had been a straight chronicle of individual failure.
British Dictionary definitions for chronicle

chronicle

/ˈkrɒnɪkəl/
noun
1.
a record or register of events in chronological order
verb
2.
(transitive) to record in or as if in a chronicle
Derived Forms
chronicler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French cronicle, via Latin chronica (pl), from Greek khronika annals, from khronikos relating to time; see chronic
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Word Origin and History for chronicle
n.

c.1300, cronicle, from Anglo-French cronicle, from Old French cronique "chronicle" (Modern French chronique), from Latin chronica (neuter plural mistaken for fem. singular), from Greek ta khronika (biblia) "the (books of) annals, chronology," neuter plural of khronikos "of time." Ending modified in Anglo-French, perhaps by influence of article. Old English had cranic "chronicle," cranicwritere "chronicler." The classical -h- was restored in English from 16c.

v.

c.1400, croniclen, from chronicle (n.). Related: Chronicled; chronicling.

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Encyclopedia Article for chronicle

a usually continuous historical account of events arranged in order of time without analysis or interpretation. Examples of such accounts date from Greek and Roman times, but the best-known chronicles were written or compiled in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. These were composed in prose or verse, and, in addition to providing valuable information about the period they covered, they were used as sources by William Shakespeare and other playwrights. Examples include the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain), Andrew of Wyntoun's Orygynale Cronykil, and Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande. The word is from the Middle English cronicle, which is thought to have been ultimately derived from the Greek chronos, "time."

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