[ hi-stawr-uh-sahyz, -stor- ]
/ hɪˈstɔr əˌsaɪz, -ˈstɒr- /

verb (used without object), his·tor·i·cized, his·tor·i·ciz·ing.

to interpret something as a product of historical development.

verb (used with object), his·tor·i·cized, his·tor·i·ciz·ing.

to narrate as history; render historic.

Nearby words

  1. historical school,
  2. historical sociology,
  3. historical-cost accounting,
  4. historicism,
  5. historicity,
  6. historico-,
  7. historied,
  8. historify,
  9. historiographer,
  10. historiography

Also especially British, his·tor·i·cise.

Origin of historicize

First recorded in 1840–50; historic + -ize

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