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"anachronism" in British English

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anachronismnoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈnæk.rə.nɪ.zəm/
a ​person, thing, or ​idea that ​exists out of ​itstime in ​history, ​especially one that ​happened or ​existedlater than the ​period being ​shown, ​discussed, etc.: For some ​people, ​marriage is an anachronism from the ​days when women ​needed to be ​protected.
anachronistic
adjective uk   us   /əˌnæk.rəˈnɪs.tɪk/
He ​described the ​law as anachronistic (= more ​suitable for an ​earliertime) and ​ridiculous.
anachronistically
adverb uk   us   /əˌnæk.rəˈnɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/
(Definition of anachronism from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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anachronismnoun [C]

 us   /əˈnæk·rəˌnɪz·əm/
someone or something ​placed in the ​wrongperiod in ​history, or something that ​belongs to the past ​rather than the ​present: For a ​historicaldrama, the ​movie was ​filled with anachronisms.
anachronistic
adjective  us   /əˌnæk·rəˈnɪs·tɪk/
He uses only ​e-mail, never anachronistic ​regularmail.
(Definition of anachronism from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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