his·​tor·​i·​cize hi-ˈstȯr-ə-ˌsīz How to pronounce historicize (audio)
historicized; historicizing

intransitive verb

: to use historical material

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There is perhaps nothing harder or less rewarding to historicize than a bruised ego. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 It is used to historicize the conflict between the family and their nemesis, the white Landry/Boudreaux families. Tanisha C. Ford, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2022 Perhaps Fukuyama’s evolution is a cue to instead historicize liberalism as a regional ideology that has shaped a few large countries, over a few recent centuries. Krithika Varagur, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 Keret said his father fought to humanize and historicize the Holocaust, to see it as more than a story of unmitigated oppression. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of historicize was in 1846

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“Historicize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historicize. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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