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From anachronism +‎ -ize. 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).


  • IPA(key): /əˈnækɹənaɪz/
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anachronize (third-person singular simple present anachronizes, present participle anachronizing, simple past and past participle anachronized)

  1. To refer to, or put into, a wrong time.
    • 1873, James Russell Lowell, “Shakespeare Once More”, in Among My Books, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, page 198:
      The only fair comparison would be between him and that one of his contemporaries who endeavored to anachronize himself, so to speak, and to subject his art, so far as might be, to the laws of classical composition.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “anachronize”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)