Definition of anachronism in English:

anachronism

Line breaks: an¦achron|ism
Pronunciation: /əˈnakrəˌnɪz(ə)m
 
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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'.

Derivatives

anachronistic

Pronunciation: /-ˈnɪstɪk/
adjective
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  • 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  • So why do we continue to limit ourselves to an anachronistic, outdated, Homeric image of a war fighter?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.

anachronistically

Pronunciation: /-ˈnɪstɪk(ə)li/
adverb
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  • 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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