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History vs. Prehistory

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Historynoun

The aggregate of past events.

‘History repeats itself if we don’t learn from its mistakes.’;

Prehistorynoun

(properly) History before written records, inclusive of both

Historynoun

The branch of knowledge that studies the past; the assessment of notable events.

‘He teaches history at the university.’; ‘History will not look kindly on these tyrants.’; ‘He dreams of an invention that will make history.’;

Prehistorynoun

The time before written records in any area of the world; the events and conditions of those times.

Historynoun

(countable) A set of events involving an entity.

‘What is your medical history?’; ‘The family's history includes events best forgotten.’;

Prehistorynoun

The study of those times.

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Historynoun

(countable) A record or narrative description of past events.

‘I really enjoyed Shakespeare's tragedies more than his histories.’;

Prehistorynoun

Any past time (even recent) treated as such a distant, unknowable era.

Historynoun

A list of past and continuing medical conditions of an individual or family.

‘A personal medical history is required for the insurance policy.’; ‘He has a history of cancer in his family.’;

Prehistorynoun

The history leading up to some event, condition, etc.

Historynoun

A record of previous user events, especially of visited web pages in a browser.

‘I visited a great site yesterday but forgot the URL. Luckily, I didn't clear my history.’;

Prehistorynoun

the time during the development of human culture before the appearance of the written word

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Historynoun

(informal) Something that no longer exists or is no longer relevant.

‘I told him that if he doesn't get his act together, he's history.’;

Prehistory

Prehistory, also known as pre-literary history, is the period of human history between the use of the first stone tools by hominins c. 3.3 million years ago and the invention of writing systems.

Historynoun

(uncountable) Shared experience or interaction.

‘There is too much history between them for them to split up now.’; ‘He has had a lot of history with the police.’;

Historyverb

(obsolete) To narrate or record.

Historynoun

A learning or knowing by inquiry; the knowledge of facts and events, so obtained; hence, a formal statement of such information; a narrative; a description; a written record; as, the history of a patient's case; the history of a legislative bill.

Historynoun

A systematic, written account of events, particularly of those affecting a nation, institution, science, or art, and usually connected with a philosophical explanation of their causes; a true story, as distinguished from a romance; - distinguished also from annals, which relate simply the facts and events of each year, in strict chronological order; from biography, which is the record of an individual's life; and from memoir, which is history composed from personal experience, observation, and memory.

‘Histories are as perfect as the historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul.’; ‘For aught that I could ever read,Could ever hear by tale or history.’; ‘What histories of toil could I declare!’; ‘Justly Cæsar scorns the poet's lays;It is to history he trusts for praise.’; ‘No more yet of this;For 't is a chronicle of day by day,Not a relation for a breakfast.’; ‘Many glorious examples in the annals of our religion.’;

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Historyverb

To narrate or record.

Historynoun

the aggregate of past events;

‘a critical time in the school's history’;

Historynoun

the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future;

‘all of human history’;

Historynoun

a record or narrative description of past events;

‘a history of France’; ‘he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president’; ‘the story of exposure to lead’;

Historynoun

the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings;

‘he teaches Medieval history’; ‘history takes the long view’;

Historynoun

all that is remembered of the past as preserved in writing; a body of knowledge;

‘the dawn of recorded history’; ‘from the beginning of history’;

History

History (from Greek ἱστορία, historia, meaning ) is the study of the past. Events before the invention of writing systems are considered prehistory.

‘inquiry; knowledge acquired by investigation’;

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