The definition of historicism is the belief that history was determined by laws, and the belief that understanding people and cultures requires an understanding of their historical events.
An example of historicism is the belief that what happened 100 years ago was meant to happen and shapes what is happening today.
- a theory of history holding that the course of events is determined by unchangeable laws or cyclic patterns
- the theory that the only true understanding of a person, society, historical period, etc. comes about through knowledge of its history
- a reliance on historical precedents in the practice of art, architecture, music, etc.
- A theory that events are determined or influenced by conditions and inherent processes beyond the control of humans.
- The view that historical awareness is crucial for adequate understanding in a particular field or in general.
- Art & Architecture The deliberate use or revival of historical styles in contemporary works.
- Philosophy The view that historical periods should be studied without imposing anachronistic categories of evaluation.
(countable and uncountable, plural historicisms)
- A theory that events are influenced by historical conditions, rather than by people.
- (art) The use of historical styles in contemporary art.
- (theology) A method of interpretation in Christian eschatology which attempts to associate Biblical prophecies with actual historical events and symbolic beings with historical persons or societies.
historic + -ism.