from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Historical authenticity; fact.

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  • n. The characteristic of having existed in history.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being true as history; historicalness.


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historic +‎ -ity


  • Two definitions of the word "historicity" are listed in the liner notes of

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  • In any case, this particular piece of namecalling seemed a bit rich coming, as it did, from an individual (a distinguished Cambridge geologist, surely well advanced along the Faustian road to a future Templeton Prize) who justified his own Christian belief by invoking what he called the historicity of the New Testament.

    The God Delusion

  • Perhaps readers may think I am too insistent about the specificity -- what scholars call the "historicity" -- of the story of salvation.

    Brothers Judd Book Reviews

  • A graduate student argued for historicity, that is, reading and usually limiting the Quran with its historic context.

    Adventures of an Islamic Reformer at Oxford, London, and Istanbul

  • “While the notion of historicity has become ever more problematic for theory,” he says, “at the same time for historiography and its own methodological self-awareness the idea of history as a unitary process is rapidly dissolving” (Vattimo 1988, 6).


  • Maybe it's a matter of relativity or a sliding scale of 'historicity', where Americans surpass the English and Canadians surpass Americans?


  • Which may lead to an interesting issue about the variable "historicity" of a novel depending on who is reading it, rather than who is writing it.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • For us, the "historicity" of Easter, Christmas or Passover is all zero.


  • Total "historicity" was impossible, and would leave big gaps besides.

    Riding with Alexander

  • There we meet him, only to discover that, older but hardly wiser, the grumpy guy still swears a lot, is fond of misusing big words like "historicity" and, like most misanthropes, has an inflated opinion of his own intelligence and an impoverished one of humankind's.

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  • I heard someone use this word last night (pronouncing it "histor-OS-ity") about Obama; it made me giggle.

    November 6, 2008