anachronism

An anachronism is something that doesn't fit its time period, like if you say you'll "dial" your smartphone.

Anachronism comes from the Greek roots ana- which means "against" and chron- which means "time." Together they represent a situation in which something happens that should not because it belongs to another time period. You see anachronisms all the time in the movies — they occur when you see a jet fly over a Civil War battle! Or knights jousting over a maiden during the time of Shakespeare!

Definitions of anachronism
  1. noun
    the act of locating something at a time when it could not have existed or occurred
    synonyms: misdating, mistiming
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    type of:
    timekeeping
    the act or process of determining the time
  2. noun
    an artifact that belongs to another time
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    type of:
    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  3. noun
    a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another age
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    type of:
    anomaly, unusual person
    a person who is unusual
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