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  • adj. Erroneous in date; containing an anachronism; in a wrong time.
  • adj. having an opinion of the past; preferring things or values of the past; behind the times; over-conservative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Erroneous in date; containing an anachronism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as anachronous.

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

  • adj. chronologically misplaced


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  • In the famous English case "R v R 1991" the defendant was prosecuted for raping his estranged wife. Before this case husbands had immunity from the law on the basis that on marriage husband and wife became ‘one flesh’ and that by marriage a woman implied her consent to sexual intercourse throughout the time of marriage. The courts removed that immunity in 1991, calling it anachronistic, which is how I came to know this awesome word.

    January 6, 2012

  • It seems like a fairly poetic way to describe a generally ugly word.

    May 15, 2009

  • Good point.

    May 13, 2009

  • This WeirdNet definition makes me think of time travel: "We're not lost in the past... we're merely chronologically misplaced."

    May 13, 2009