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Syllabification: a·nach·ro·nism
Pronunciation: /əˈnakrəˌnizəm

Definition of anachronism in English:


1A thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned: everything was as it would have appeared in centuries past apart from one anachronism, a bright yellow construction crane
More example sentences
  • But if these historic anachronisms are to survive beyond the very short term they must quickly find a social role and shed the haughty isolationism which has shielded them from commercial realities.
  • These groups would be at risk of becoming mere anecdotes; anachronisms of a bygone time and a lifestyle that is passing.
  • When a character in a novel set in the 15th century uses a word, ‘taboo,’ that did not enter any European language until the 18th century, the attentive reader begins to look for anachronisms.
1.1An act of attributing a custom, event, or object to a period to which it does not belong.
Example sentences
  • He must also ask this question to avoid the error of anachronism (or ‘presentism’ as some historians call it).
  • It could help to deflect the usual charges of anachronism and unfamiliarity with the period.
  • The pejorative charge of anachronism as the inadmissible confusion of periods or eras presupposes that the accuser knows what the correct time of history is.


mid 17th century: from Greek anakhronismos, from ana- 'backward' + khronos 'time'.



Pronunciation: /əˌnakrəˈnistik/
Example sentences
  • How can you describe a pointless, anachronistic voyage into the past?
  • So why do we continue to limit ourselves to an anachronistic, outdated, Homeric image of a war fighter?
  • It's very old fashioned, almost anachronistic, and it puts you on guard.


Pronunciation: /-ˈnistik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • A central problem of the book, however, one that dogs her work in general, is the sense that her approach is anachronistically stranded on some distant critical shore.
  • The image shows that she was not always dressed anachronistically, that she too invested her image with the current fashions.
  • These issues are rarely original with a particular opera, being historically, sometimes anachronistically, exploited.

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