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əˈnæk rəˌnɪz əmanachro·nism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anachronism, mistiming, misdatingnoun

    something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred

  2. anachronismnoun

    an artifact that belongs to another time

  3. anachronismnoun

    a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another age


  1. anachronismnoun

    A chronological mistake; the erroneous dating of an event, circumstance, or object.

  2. anachronismnoun

    A person or thing which seems to belong to a different time or period of time.

  3. Etymology: From anachronismus, from ἀναχρονισμός, from ἀναχρονίζομαι, from ἀνά + χρονίζω, which from χρόνος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Anachronismnoun

    An errour in computing time, by which events are misplaced with regard to each other. It seems properly to signify an errour by which an event is placed too early; but is generally used for any errour in chronology.

    Etymology: from ἀνά and χϱόνος.

    This leads me to the defence of the famous anachronism, in making Æneas and Dido contemporaries: for it is certain, that the hero lived almost two hundred years before the building of Carthage. John Dryden, Virgil, Dedicat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anachronismnoun

    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 which an event is placed too early; falsification of chronological relation

  2. Etymology: [Gr. 'anachronismo`s, fr. 'anachroni`zein to refer to a wrong time, to confound times; 'ana` + chro`nos time: cf. F. anachronisme.]


  1. Anachronism

    An anachronism, from the Greek ανά and χρόνος, is a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person, events, objects, or customs from different periods of time. Often the item misplaced in time is an object, but it may be a verbal expression, a technology, a philosophical idea, a musical style, a material, a custom, or anything else associated with a particular period in time so that it is incorrect to place it outside its proper temporal domain.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anachronism

    an-a′kron-izm, n. an error in regard to time, whereby a thing is assigned to an earlier or to a later age than it belongs to: anything out of keeping with the time.—v.t. Ana′chronise.—n. Ana′chronist.—adjs. Anachronist′ic, Ana′chronous.—adv. Ana′chronously. [Gr. ana, backwards, chronos, time.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anachronism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anachronism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of anachronism in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Edi Rama:

    We will end the long-drawn process of the privatisation of the state-owned Albpetrol company this year, since the very first day, it was clear to us Albpetrol was an anachronism and a hybrid that could not meet the challenges of the future.

  2. Prime Minister Edi Rama:

    Since the very first day, it was clear to us Albpetrol was an anachronism and a hybrid that could not meet the challenges of the future.

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