anachronism


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Synonyms for anachronism

something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred

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an artifact that belongs to another time

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a person who seems to be displaced in time

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We may wonder whether at the acme and summit of the human progress these anachronisms will be corrected by a finer intuition, a close interaction of the social machinery than that which now jolts us round and along; but such completeness is not to be prophesied, or even conceived as possible.
This life by Planudes contains, however, so small an amount of truth, and is so full of absurd pictures of the grotesque deformity of Aesop, of wondrous apocryphal stories, of lying legends, and gross anachronisms, that it is now universally condemned as false, puerile, and unauthentic.
Where Mr Lloyd George referred to the House of Lords as blithering backwoodsmen and asinine anachronisms, Mr Rackstraw scorned to be so guarded in his speech.
"All right, then, you prefer to be anachronisms," Ernest laughed.
They are an anachronism, they do not speak for a living God.
Moi Day - whatever the pros and cons of Daniel arap Moi's time as President - is an absurd anachronism. It should be scrapped.
Most opinion would agree that the caretakers have become the worst anachronism of our political scene.
The title Prince of Wales is an anachronism, a purely ceremonial title, as there is no such entity as the Principality of Wales.
When Sara (Caity Lotz) informs the team that the "Can't Help Falling In Love" hitmaker is at the center of the anachronism they are dealing with, Nate (Nick Zano) quickly assumes that the only people evil enough to mess with Elvis and kill rock and roll are the father and daughter duo of Damien (Neal McDonough) and Nora Darhk (Courtney Ford).
(6) I'll turn first to anachronism and its relation to genre more generally, then to nineteenth-century ballad aesthetics in particular and the feelings that writers and readers attached to the ballad's ornamental archaism.
Indeed, Life's Little Instruction Book--advice offered by a father to a college-bound son in the 1990s--might be seen as a compendium of anachronisms. For Ralph Ellison, writing in the 1960s, anachronism is "that imbalance in American society" produced by injustice "which leads to a distorted perception of social reality." Ellison went on to argue that Romare Bearden counteracted such cloudy vision, in his collages, by transforming anachronism into "style, a device of his personal vision." So too--albeit through an entirely different set of art-historical devices-does Lewis.
Our national anthem is an anachronism. God save the Queen?
indignation at the anachronism of linguistic and cultural history in relation to official Baku's appropriation of great poet Nezami's
Then come four chapters examining particular aspects of historical writing for children: the pursuit (or otherwise) of authenticity, lapses into anachronism (or its deliberate deployment), the challenges and opportunities facing those who write about the recent past (including a discussion of memoir) and finally the ways in which children have been encouraged to think about historical process (not only historical periods).
While many non-smokers can easily recall the misery of a nicotine-fogged night out in pubs, clubs and restaurants, it now, thankfully, seems as much of an anachronism as the days of smoke-filled cinemas and aeroplanes.