historicity

noun

his·​to·​ric·​i·​ty ˌhi-stə-ˈri-sə-tē How to pronounce historicity (audio)
: historical actuality

Examples of historicity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The show does ultimately take creative liberties to veer away from strict historicity. Anhar Karim, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Participants, each with expertise in aspects of Mormonism, tackled controversial issues such as polygamy, the role of women in the church, homosexuality, the exclusion of Black members from the faith’s all-male priesthood until 1978, and problems with the Book of Mormon’s historicity. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Dec. 2020 While the historicity of the holiday—particularly that involving Pilgrims and Native Americans—is hogwash, the spirit of the celebration—gratitude found at the beginning of the harvest season, when food isn’t just a superfluous decoration but a means of winter survival—can be found in all cultures. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 15 Nov. 2022 Biblical archaeologists have long been motivated by their faith to explore the historicity of biblical events. Daryl Austin, Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2020 His historicity is further established by a surviving letter written to him by the bishop of Clermont. Jack Feerick, Discover Magazine, 12 Mar. 2021 Numerous theories of music and art propose that a crucial element of late-style is an emphasis on historicity. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 Schubert’s piece, surely a commentary on the genre, its heroes, and his budding self-awareness, were seen, and played, through a sophisticated lens of biography and historicity. Lukas Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2022 Could employees who question scriptural historicity or undergoing a faith crisis talk to their bishops without being worried about job security? The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of historicity was in 1880

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“Historicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historicity. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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