un·​his·​tor·​i·​cal ˌən-hi-ˈstȯr-i-kəl How to pronounce unhistorical (audio)
variants or less commonly unhistoric
: not based on, dealing with, or true to history : not historical
[Edmund] Spenser's imitators sometimes misunderstood his archaisms, and used them in unhistorical senses.Charles Barber
unhistorically adverb

Examples of unhistorical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Well, certainly the most unhistorical. Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Interpreting the Qur’an exclusively by reference to its text without invoking outside or later sources is injudicious and unhistorical. . Christopher Carroll, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unhistorical was in 1611

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“Unhistorical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhistorical. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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