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