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anachronism

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The happy think a lifetime short, but to the unhappy one night can be an eternity.
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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] anachronismus < Ancient Greek ἀναχρονισμός < ἀναχρονίζω (referring to the wrong time) < ἀνά (up against) + χρονίζω (spending time) < χρόνος (time).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /əˈnækɹəˌnɪzm̩/

Noun

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anachronism

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anachronism ({{{1}}})
  1. A chronological mistake; the erroneous dating of an event, circumstance etc.
  2. A person or thing which seems to belong to a different time.
    • 1956: His movements, his clothes, everything about him, seemed slightly out of place in this assembly. He spoiled the pattern; like Alvin, he was an anachronism. — Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 32

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