historical present

noun

Definition of historical present

: the present tense used in relating past events

First Known Use of historical present

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Historical present.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historical%20present. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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