Definition of retroject in English:



[with object]rare
  • Project backwards.

    ‘the rabbinic interpretation is retrojected into the biblical text’
    • ‘Postmodern readers may not be persuaded that the scientific categories constructed in one culture can so readily be retrojected onto another.’
    • ‘In attempting to fill in the blanks, we risk retrojecting our own ideology, technology, cosmology, etc., onto a given metaphor.’
    • ‘First of all the definitions of these terms are anachronistic; they entail the retrojecting of many post-Enlightenment concerns into antiquity.’
    • ‘First, reformations always retroject current concerns into their supposed archetypes.’


Mid 19th century: from retro- ‘backwards’, on the pattern of the verb project.