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historic

[hi-stawr-ik, -stor-] /hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-/
adjective
1.
well-known or important in history:
a historic building; historic occasions.
2.
historical (defs 1–5).
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin historicus < Greek historikós historical, scientific, equivalent to histor(ía) inquiry (see history) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
nonhistoric, adjective
pseudohistoric, adjective
quasi-historic, adjective
semihistoric, adjective
superhistoric, adjective
unhistoric, adjective
Can be confused
historic, historical, hysterical.
Synonyms
1. notable, renowned, famous, famed, memorable.
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British Dictionary definitions for semihistoric

historic

/hɪˈstɒrɪk/
adjective
1.
famous or likely to become famous in history; significant
2.
a less common word for historical (sense 1), historical (sense 2), historical (sense 3), historical (sense 4), historical (sense 5)
3.
(linguistics) Also secondary. (of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit verb tenses) referring to past time
Usage note
A distinction is usually made between historic (important, significant) and historical (pertaining to history): a historic decision; a historical perspective
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Word Origin and History for semihistoric

historic

adj.

1660s, probably a back-formation from historical, perhaps influenced by French historique. What is historic is noted or celebrated in history; what is historical deals with history.

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