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
The usual AnSaxNet response to anachronism is to scoff at it, not to compete as to who is the most offended.
The biggest anachronism is misunderstanding of the phrase “right-wing.”
True, Sarah and Don were born in 1960, so the pop culture references of today are part of their lives; and Don's own observation of himself being an anachronism is an interesting parallel ... but do we really need two references to Pamela Anderson?
Whether or not these people found solace in his pledge to protect them from anachronism is unknown to me.
James J. Ward is now wholly James J. Ward, and he shares no part of his being with any vagabond anachronism from the younger world.
Small for his size and standing on his toes to reach the microphone he confidently spelled "anachronism" -- much more difficult than gypsy.
Don, Tagore’s being a “priest and preacher” may have been influenced by his larger than life presence in Bengal, or was an anachronism from the earlier repository of mystic poetry.
You might think that the anachronism is a mistake.
L.A. Confidential - set in the 1950s - Panzarella was responsible for what's called "anachronism removal."
We met to talk about Bohnett's support for a group campaigning to amend 1978's Proposition 13, which he has described as an anachronism and an "unmitigated disaster" for California's fiscal health that has crippled schools, universities, fire and police departments and other public institutions.
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