- anachronism (n.) 1640s, "an error in computing time or finding dates," from L. anachronismus, from Gk. anakhronismos, from anakhronizein "refer to wrong time," from ana- "against" (see ANA- (Cf. ana-)) + khronos "time," of uncertain origin. Meaning "something out of harmony with the present" first recorded 1816.
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anachronism — anachronism, solecism are occasionally used interchangeably to mean something that does not properly belong to the setting or background in which it is placed and that is incongruous with it. More specifically, anachronism implies a mistake in… … New Dictionary of Synonyms
Anachronism — An*ach ro*nism, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to refer to a wrong time, to confound times; ? + ? time: cf. F. anachronisme.] A misplacing or error in the order of time; an error in chronology by which events are misplaced in regard to each other, esp. one by… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
anachronism — [n] error in time placement chronological error, metachronism, misdate, misplacement, postdate, prolepsis, solecism; concept 818 … New thesaurus
anachronism — ► NOUN 1) a thing belonging to a period other than the one in which it exists. 2) the placing of something in the wrong historical period. DERIVATIVES anachronistic adjective anachronistically adverb. ORIGIN from Greek ana backwards + khronos… … English terms dictionary
anachronism — [ə nak′rə niz΄əm] n. [MGr anachronismos < anachronizein, to refer to a wrong time < Gr ana , against + chronos, time] 1. the representation of something as existing or occurring at other than its proper time, esp. earlier 2. anything that… … English World dictionary
Anachronism — An anachronism (from the Greek ana ανά , against, anti , and chronos χρόνος , time ) is anything that is temporally incongruous in the time period it has been placed in mdash;that is, it appears in a temporal context in which it seems… … Wikipedia
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anachronism — anachronically /an euh kron ik lee/, adv. /euh nak reuh niz euhm/, n. 1. something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, esp. a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time: The sword is an anachronism in… … Universalium
anachronism — [[t]ənæ̱krənɪzəm[/t]] anachronisms 1) N COUNT You say that something is an anachronism when you think that it is out of date or old fashioned. In this day and age the dowry with all its attendant cruelties is an anachronism. 2) N COUNT An… … English dictionary
anachronism — UK [əˈnækrəˌnɪz(ə)m] / US [əˈnækrəˌnɪzəm] noun [countable] Word forms anachronism : singular anachronism plural anachronisms something that is no longer suitable for or relevant to modern times She regards the marriage ceremony as a quaint… … English dictionary