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anachronism

noun [C]     /əˈnæk.rə.nɪ.zəm/
a person, thing, or idea that exists out of its time in history, especially one that happened or existed later than the period being shown, discussed, etc.: For some people, marriage is an anachronism from the days when women needed to be protected.Relating to time anachronistic     /əˌnæk.rəˈnɪs.tɪk/ adjective He described the law as anachronistic (= more suitable for an earlier time) and ridiculous.Relating to time anachronistically     /əˌnæk.rəˈnɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/ adverb Relating to time
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