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anachronism

noun [C]  /əˈnæk·rəˌnɪz·əm/ us  
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
adjective  /əˌnæk·rəˈnɪs·tɪk/ us  
He uses only e-mail, never anachronistic regular mail.
Translations of “anachronism”
in Spanish Anacronismo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 時代錯誤,年代誤植,不合時代的人(或物)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 时代错误,年代误植,不合时代的人(或物)…
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