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prochronism Line breaks: pro|chron|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊkrənɪz(ə)m/

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Definition of prochronism in English:

noun

An error in chronology, in which an event is given an earlier date than the true one.
Example sentences
  • Sir Thomas did not know that the prochronism which he thought absurd pervaded every part of organic structure.
  • But if one means by the term what Petty meant by it, the prochronism is one of decades, not centuries.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from pro-2 'before' + Greek khronos 'time' + -ism.

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