anachronism anachronism  /ə ˈnæ krə ˌnɪ zəm/


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


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  • In this day of bullet trains and metro the tramcar appears to be ana anachronism.


  • Florence Welch Looked Like a GoT Character

    Yesterday in London at a preview party for the Royal Academy of Arts, the singer posed near the neon carpet, looking like an anachronism. Welch resembled a romanticized "lady" from the Middle Ages (or the fictional world of Westeros), with her red hair swept up into an impressive crown braid. But she ... More »
    on June 6, 2013     Source: New York Magazine

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  1. But Mr Browne said: "I don't accept for a moment that the long tradition of the Royal Family serving in the military is in any sense an anachronism."
    on May 17, 2007 By: Des Browne Source: BBC News

  2. "The controversies surrounding some of the recent gubernatorial appointments to vacant Senate seats make it painfully clear that such appointments are an anachronism that must end," Feingold said. "In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the...
    on Jan 26, 2009 By: Russ Feingold Source: United Press International

  3. "We want to send a clear message to abolish the ABCC," Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon told the rally. "It's an anachronism from the Howard-Costello years, it doesn't belong here, it is not just, it is not fair and it is time it goes."
    on Dec 1, 2008 By: John Lennon Source: The Age

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