- The falsification of historical records is common practice in
totalitarian regimes. (Not *historic*) (= relating to the study of
- Pulling down the Berlin Wall will be remembered as one of the historic events of the late 20th century. (= important in history)
Historic refers to something important or
• The opening of the wing
is a historic occasion for the
Historical means concerned with or relating
• Margaret Mitchell's "Gone
with the Wind" is a historical
BAD: She likes reading historic
GOOD: She likes reading
(1) very important in history: 'a historic voyage', 'a historic decision' (2)
having a long history: 'a historic tradition', 'a historic
historical = (1) about or based upon people who actually
lived or events that actually happened: 'Historical records suggest that the
prince was fully aware of the murders.' (2) connected with or found in history:
'a diary of great historical interest', 'a historical document', 'for historical
BAD: He likes
reading historic books.
likes reading history books.
spent the afternoon at the historic museum.
GOOD: We spent the afternoon at the history
book/lesson/museum etc = a book/lesson/museum etc that deals with the
subject of history: 'Our history teacher next term is Mr Young.'
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