"Historic" or "historical"

Historic and historical are both adjectives. Both are related to history, but they are used rather differently in different contexts.

(a) historic (adj.): important or memorable in history


  1. President Obama’s inauguration was a historic event as he is the first Afro-American to be the president.
  2. The 12th Malaysian General Election is historic. For the first time in 51 years, the National Front lost in many constituencies.
  3. Our athletes’ achievement in the Summer Games is historic; it will be remembered for a long time.

(b) historical (adj.): connected with the study of things from the past, or relating to history


  1. Many historical documents were destroyed in the recent fire.
  2. Historical sites in the city must be preserved as our national heritage.
  3. Malacca is one of the historical cities in Malaysia.

Posted on July 12, 2009, in Word Power and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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