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From New Latin anachronismus, from Ancient Greek ἀναχρονισμός(anakhronismós), from ἀναχρονίζομαι(anakhronízomai, referring to the wrong time), from ἀνά(aná, up against) + χρονίζω(khronízō, spending time), from χρόνος(khrónos, time).



anachronism (plural anachronisms)

  1. A chronological mistake; the erroneous dating of an event, circumstance, or object.
  2. A person or thing which seems to belong to a different time or period of time.
    • 1956, Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, page 32:
      His movements, his clothes, everything about him, seemed slightly out of place in this assembly. He spoiled the pattern; like Alvin, he was an anachronism.

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