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What is difference between the word historic and the word historical?

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November 07, 2007 4:29PM

Simply put, not much. The words are often used interchangeably. If you want to be more specific, historic refers to important things in the past, while historical refers to anything in the past, regardless of its importance. For example:

The Battle of Gettysburg is an historic event.

I like to read historical novels.