his·​tor·​i·​cism | \ hi-ˈstȯr-ə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce historicism (audio) , -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

Other Words from historicism

historicist \ hi-​ˈstȯr-​ə-​sist How to pronounce historicism (audio) , -​ˈstär-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of historicism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today’s historicism is a fulfillment of that discourse, having migrated from the margins of academia to the heart of the liberal establishment. Matthew Karp, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 The penchant for the Vineyard vernacular precludes much historicism, with surprisingly few references to the Shingle-style, that inventive use of humble cedar shakes that found expression in posh watering holes such as Newport and Bar Harbor. BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2021 Despite its pointed historicism, the book reads at times as an annotation to certain ongoing and resolutely modern narratives—a companion script to the past decade in lifestyle news and pop culture. Mallika Rao, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2019 But don’t expect musty historicism from this canny drama, at Olney Theatre Center in an arresting production directed by Paige Hernandez. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2019 As woman designer standing with women, Burton creates this validating, embracing beauty with a deft hand, a seemingly endless arsenal of historicism and romanticism, and a deep-seated appreciation of craft and English heritage. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 30 May 2019 Through Jayne’s offices, Boudin would also covertly help her friend, the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, redecorate the public reception rooms of the White House with chic and impeccably executed historicism. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 24 Apr. 2019 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, 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, 3 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of historicism

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Historicism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historicism. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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