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anachronism

[uh-nak-ruh-niz-uh m]
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noun
  1. something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time: The sword is an anachronism in modern warfare.
  2. an error in chronology in which a person, object, event, etc., is assigned a date or period other than the correct one: To assign Michelangelo to the 14th century is an anachronism.

Origin of anachronism

1640–50; < Latin anachronismus < Greek anachronismós a wrong time reference, equivalent to anachron(ízein) to make a wrong time reference (see ana-, chron-, -ize) + -ismos -ism
Related formsan·a·chron·i·cal·ly [an-uh-kron-ik-lee] /ˌæn əˈkrɒn ɪk li/, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for anachronically

anachronism

noun
  1. the representation of an event, person, or thing in a historical context in which it could not have occurred or existed
  2. a person or thing that belongs or seems to belong to another timeshe regards the Church as an anachronism
Derived Formsanachronistic, adjectiveanachronistically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin anachronismus, from Greek anakhronismos a mistake in chronology, from anakhronizein to err in a time reference, from ana- + khronos time
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Word Origin and History for anachronically

anachronism

n.

1640s, "an error in computing time or finding dates," from Latin anachronismus, from Greek anakhronismos, from anakhronizein "refer to wrong time," from ana- "against" (see ana-) + khronos "time" (see chrono-). Meaning "something out of harmony with the present" first recorded 1816.

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