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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from Medieval Greek anachronismos, from Greek ana- 'back' + chronos 'time'


a‧nach‧ro‧nis‧m [countable]
1 someone or something that seems to belong to the past, not the present:
The monarchy is something of an anachronism these days.
2 something in a play, film etc that seems wrong because it did not exist in the period of history in which the play etc is set:
The film is full of anachronisms.
anachronistic adjective:
His painting style was seen as outdated and anachronistic.

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