An error in chronology, in which an event is given an earlier date than the true one.
- ‘Sir Thomas did not know that the prochronism which he thought absurd pervaded every part of organic structure.’
- ‘But if one means by the term what Petty meant by it, the prochronism is one of decades, not centuries.’
Mid 17th century: from pro- ‘before’ + Greek khronos time + -ism.
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