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”). Analyzable as ana- + chrono- + -ism
anachronism (countable and uncountable, plural anachronisms)
- A chronological mistake; the erroneous dating of an event, circumstance, or object. [from 17th c.]
- A person or thing which seems to belong to a different time or period of time. [from 19th c.]
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.
person or thing which seems to belong to a different time
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