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anachronism

noun [C]    /əˈnæk·rəˌnɪz·əm/
someone or something placed in the wrong period in history , or something that belongs to the past rather than the present : For a historical drama , the movie was filled with anachronisms. anachronistic    /əˌnæk·rəˈnɪs·tɪk/ adjective He uses only e-mail , never anachronistic regular mail .
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