anachronism: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-nak'ru-niz"um), [key]
— 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 modern warfare.
  2. an error in chronology in which a person, object, event, etc., is assigned a date or period other than the correct one:Cf. parachronism, prochronism. To assign Michelangelo to the 14th century is an anachronism.
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