It's About Time: Chron and Temp

Take the time to learn these words that contain either the Latin root temp or the Greek root chron, both of which mean "time."

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definitions & notes only words
  1. anachronism
    locating something at a time when it couldn't have existed
    The exposition revels in historical factoids disguised as dialogue, and certain anachronisms are detectable throughout.Los Angeles Times (Apr 8, 2016)
  2. anachronistic
    chronologically misplaced
    On January 4, 1993, this writer received an unusual letter, penned in a shaky, anachronistic script that suggested an elderly author.Into the Wild
  3. asynchronous
    not occurring or existing at the same time
    Some online programs offer asynchronous learning, where a student meets deadlines on their own time.US News (Nov 6, 2015)
  4. chronic
    long-lasting or characterized by long suffering
    She bats John's hand away when a bout of her chronic coughing hits her.Legend
  5. chronicle
    a record or narrative description of past events
    It is not, perhaps, surprising that the nuns should have written no chronicles and copied few, if any, books.Power, Eileen
  6. chronograph
    an accurate timer for recording time
    Chronographs are timepieces with built-in stop watches designed to measure intervals of elapsed time.Forbes (May 20, 2015)
  7. chronological
    relating to or arranged according to temporal order
    Though structured as a chronological memoir, hers is not a typical “year in the life” narrative.Seattle Times (Feb 4, 2017)
  8. chronology
    a record of events in the order of their occurrence
    The catalog includes a useful chronology of the period and several good essays.Los Angeles Times (Apr 11, 2017)
  9. chronometer
    an accurate clock (especially used in navigation)
    John Harrison’s winning invention, the marine chronometer, revolutionized navigation.Time (May 19, 2014)
  10. contemporary
    belonging to the present time
    His technique is classical, but he sometimes incorporates a contemporary technology: embedded video.Washington Post (Jun 15, 2017)
  11. contretemps
    an awkward clash
    The contretemps is rooted in the dramatically lopsided results of two rounds of presidential polling.Washington Post
  12. extemporaneous
    with little or no preparation or forethought
    Their dialogue sounds extemporaneous, their monologues genuine and heartfelt.New York Times (Oct 2, 2016)
  13. extemporize
    perform or speak without preparation
    It taught children to debate, extemporize, and advocate for themselves, and it helped them develop the vocabulary that tends to reap academic rewards.The New Yorker (Jan 5, 2015)
  14. synchronicity
    the relation that exists when things occur at the same time
    As they flew down the last few hundred yards, their eight taut bodies rocked back and forth like pendulums, in perfect synchronicity.The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  15. synchronize
    make happen at the same time
    The entire set and trees put on a light show every 20 minutes that is synchronized with holiday music.Seattle Times (Dec 6, 2016)
  16. tempo
    the rate of some repeating event
    My breathing falls in time with my mother’s, with the tempo of the waves outside.Dreaming in Cuban
  17. temporal
    of or relating to or limited by time
    Architecture is undoubtedly a spatial art, yet it may also be understood as a temporal one.The Guardian (Nov 18, 2016)
  18. temporary
    not permanent; not lasting
    It was supposed to be a temporary position, but he’s still at it.Thirteen Reasons Why

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