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anachronism

a·nach·ro·nism

anachronism

pronunciation:
nae kr nih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the representation of something as existing or happening at a time when that thing did not exist or happen, or a similar presentation done in error.
A clock in a play about ancient Rome is an anachronism.
definition 2: something that is or appears to be out of its appropriate time period.
People in industrial countries tend to think of travel by horse as an anachronism.
derivations: anachronistic (adj.), anachronistically (adv.)
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The word anachronism contains the following parts:
-ism1 Greek noun-forming suffix that means act, process, state, practice, or instance of
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The suffix -ism1 attaches to Greek roots to form nouns which usually have a corresponding verb ending in "-ize, -ise". See also -ism2.