Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order.
  • n. One that is out of its proper or chronological order, especially a person or practice that belongs to an earlier time: "A new age had plainly dawned, an age that made the institution of a segregated picnic seem an anachronism” ( Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A chronological mistake; the erroneous dating of an event, circumstance, or object.
  • n. A person or thing which seems to belong to a different time or period of time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An error in respect to dates; any error which implies the misplacing of persons or events in time; hence, anything foreign to or out of keeping with a specified time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an artifact that belongs to another time
  • n. something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred
  • n. a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another age

Etymologies

French anachronisme, from New Latin anachronismus, from Late Greek anakhronismos, from anakhronizesthai, to be an anachronism : Greek ana-, ana- + Greek khronizein, to take time (from khronos, time).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin anachronismus, from Ancient Greek ἀναχρονισμός (anakhronismos), from ἀναχρονίζομαι (anakhronizomai, "referring to the wrong time"), from ἀνά (ana, "up against") + χρονίζω (khronizo, "spending time"), which from χρόνος (khronos, "time"). (Wiktionary)

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  • I am not so serious
    This passion is a plagiarism
    I might join your century
    But only on a rare occasion
    I was taken out
    Before the labor pains set in and now
    Behold the world's worst accident
    I am the girl anachronism
    -"Girl Anachronism", The Dresden Dolls

    From Wikipedia: The lyrics, alternately angry, apologetic, and full of complaint, deal with Amanda Palmer, the band's lead singer, as a "problem child", a trait which she blames on the fact that she was born a few days premature, by Caesarean section. As the song grows, the lyrics split into various subplots, all of which are related to feeling out of place or out of time.

    March 31, 2010

  • This example was particularly interesting (to me anyway): "Juxtaposition of items or situations that belong to different and separate time periods, such as Stegosaurus (of the Jurassic Period) with Tyrannosaurus (of the Cretaceous Period)."

    August 28, 2008


  • Frasier - Season 8, Episode 5 - "Taking Liberties"

    November 10, 2007

  • January 4, 2007