A Dictionary of the English Language
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Hístory. n.s. [ἱστορία; historia, Latin; histoire, French.]

  1. A narration of events and facts delivered with dignity.

    Justly Cæsar scorns the poet's lays;
    It is to history he trusts for praise.

  2. Narration; relation.

    The history part lay within a little room. Wiseman's Surgery.

    What histories of toil could I declare?
    But still long-weary'd nature wants repair.
    Pope's Odyssey.

  3. The knowledge of facts and events.

    History, so far as it relates to the affairs of the Bible, is necessary to divines. Watt's Improvement of the Mind.

Sources: Pope, Alexander (393) · Watts, Isaac (116) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

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