[hi-stawr-ee-og-ruh-fee, -stohr-]
noun, plural his·to·ri·og·ra·phies.
  1. the body of literature dealing with historical matters; histories collectively.
  2. the body of techniques, theories, and principles of historical research and presentation; methods of historical scholarship.
  3. the narrative presentation of history based on a critical examination, evaluation, and selection of material from primary and secondary sources and subject to scholarly criteria.
  4. an official history: medieval historiographies.

Origin of historiography

1560–70; < Middle French historiographie < Greek historiographía. See history, -o-, -graphy
Related formshis·to·ri·o·graph·ic [hi-stawr-ee-uh-graf-ik, -stohr-] /hɪˌstɔr i əˈgræf ɪk, -ˌstoʊr-/, his·to·ri·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivehis·to·ri·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. the writing of history
  2. the study of the development of historical method, historical research, and writing
  3. any body of historical literature
Derived Formshistoriographic (hɪˌstɔːrɪəˈɡræfɪk) or historiographical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for historiographical



1560s; see from history + -graphy. Related: Historiographer.

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