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contemporary

con·tem·po·rar·y

contemporary

 
 
pronunciation:
kn tem p reI ri
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: existing in, relating to, or belonging to the same period of time.
Jules Verne was unique in that contemporary writers were not yet exploring the area that we now call science fiction.The invention of the telephone was contemporary with the invention of the automobile.
synonyms:
coeval, contemporaneous
similar words:
coincident, concomitant, concurrent, simultaneous, synchronous
definition 2: of or belonging to the present time; current; modern.
She prefers the classics to music by contemporary composers.Contemporary ideas on the subject of marriage differ considerably from those of the past.
 
synonyms:
current, modern, present-day
antonyms:
ancient, historical, old-fashioned, out of date
similar words:
existent, extant, fashionable, late, new, present, recent, ultramodern, up-to-date
 
part of speech: noun
inflections: contemporaries
definition 1: an object or person belonging to the same period of time as another or others.
William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I were contemporaries.
definition 2: a person of the same age as another or others.
synonyms:
coeval, peer
derivations: contemporarily (adv.), contemporariness (n.)
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The word contemporary contains the following parts:
temp1, tempor Latin root that means time
synonyms:
chron, chrono
 
-ary1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means like, of, related to
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The suffix -ary1 attaches to Latin roots (e.g., primary , literary ) and to nouns (e.g., cautionary , fragmentary ), forming adjectives.