Definition of anachronistic in English:



  • 1Belonging to a period other than that being portrayed.

    ‘'Titus' benefits from the effective use of anachronistic elements like cars and loudspeakers’
    • ‘A futuristic laser gun could have been used as an appropriate prop, so why would this anachronistic weapon have been used instead?’
    • ‘Perhaps this contributes to the movie's failure—thanks to inauthentic, anachronistic dialogue—to convey 1973 as a living, breathing era.’
    • ‘Slow scene changes, line fluffs, and anachronistic props appear occasionally.’
    • ‘We will have to ignore the anachronistic contemporary references.’
    • ‘Hopefully, the new version will be rousing and won't feature too much anachronistic material (such as a kick-ass Guinevere).’
    • ‘This needed to be done without infusing the story with anachronistic music and hip lingo.’
    • ‘Modern dress also looks anachronistic in a world where respectability is a prime virtue and cuckoldry a social stigma.’
    • ‘This movie brings a cheerfully anachronistic spin to the centuries-old traditions of knights engaging in combat for glory, honor, and a lady or two.’
    • ‘This use of the anachronistic was further employed in his bold adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest.’
    • ‘Blatantly anachronistic dialogue, lines like "You should get out more," serve to cheapen the film.’
    1. 1.1 Belonging or appropriate to an earlier period, especially so as to seem conspicuously old-fashioned.
      ‘she is rebelling against the anachronistic morality of her parents’
      • ‘Smith is not the first to remark on the sometimes inconsistent and anachronistic nature of legal discourse and practice.’
      • ‘Although this all sounds quite anachronistic, are changes in technology breathing new life into these types of disputes?’
      • ‘He apparently is smart enough to know an anachronistic and politically inaccurate comparison when he sees one.’
      • ‘Suddenly the anachronistic concept of the suit (jacket, trousers, vest, tie) is showing signs of change.’
      • ‘Technology killed copyright, and copyright is anachronistic in networked culture.’
      • ‘It has since changed its name but, clinging to the same anachronistic anthropology, it now promotes itself as a movement "for tribal peoples."’
      • ‘After the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971, it seemed anachronistic for colleges to treat their students as wards.’
      • ‘The sixth edition was admittedly sometimes quaint or anachronistic.’
      • ‘He claimed that I must be the last person in the legal academy who clings to this anachronistic view.’
      • ‘Organized labor is widely disparaged as a weak and anachronistic force in American life.’