historicism

noun
his·​tor·​i·​cism | \hi-ˈstȯr-ə-ˌsi-zəm, -ˈstär-\

Definition of historicism 

: a theory, doctrine, or style that emphasizes the importance of history: such as

a : a theory in which history is seen as a standard of value or as a determinant of events

b : a style (as in architecture) characterized by the use of traditional forms and elements

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historicist \ hi-​ˈstȯr-​ə-​sist , -​ˈstär-​ \ adjective or noun

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Wagner rebelled against the historicism that had held sway over liberal Vienna and had inspired its most remarkable architectural achievement, the Ringstrasse Boulevard. A. J. Goldmann, WSJ, "How Otto Wagner Made Vienna Modern," 12 June 2018 The 3-hour tour features an all-inclusive package of food tastings from downtown and Over-the-Rhine restaurants, one alcohol beverage tasting and an entertaining guide of Cincinnati and its historicism all for just $59. Monroe Trombly, Cincinnati.com, "What to do in Cincy when it's freezing outside," 3 Jan. 2018 The legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky argued that conservatives on the Court had turned to history-test historicism because originalism is so patently flawed as a mode of constitutional interpretation. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Weaponizing the Past," 27 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of historicism

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of historicism was in 1895

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