Definition of anachronism in English:

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anachronism

Pronunciation: /əˈnakrəˌnɪz(ə)m/

noun

1A thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned: the town is a throwback to medieval times, an anachronism that has survived the passing years
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  • 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.
1.1 [mass noun] The action of attributing something to a period to which it does not belong: it is anachronism to suppose that the official morality of the age was mere window dressing
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  • 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.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Greek anakhronismos, from ana- 'backwards' + khronos 'time'.

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  • An anachronism, something which is wrongly placed in a particular period, comes from Greek anakhronismos, from ana- ‘backwards or against’ and khronos ‘time’. The latter is the source of other time-related words such as chronicle (Middle English), chronometer (mid 18th century) a ‘time measurer’, chronological (mid 16th century), and synchronize (early 17th century) ‘to make the same time’. See also chronic

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