pertaining to or containing an .
Contemporary Examples

“His films are brassy, anachronistic,” says Rex Roberts, associate editor with Film International.
‘Great Gatsby’ Reviewers Divided: Is Baz Luhrmann a Good Director? Kevin Fallon May 8, 2013

With his anachronistic attitude toward the biblical story, Bale is just following the lead of his director.
Christian Bale: One Man’s Moses Is Another Man’s Terrorist Candida Moss, Joel Baden December 6, 2014

His conduct is boorish and intemperate; his views are anachronistic and absurd; his moral authority is zilch.
Remove a Stain on the Supreme Court by Impeaching Justice Scalia David R. Dow December 13, 2012

But Boulay is making no anachronistic attempt to forge links between Tarzan and early Modernism.
The Original Sexy Beast Anthony Haden-Guest July 1, 2009

Why, according to Judt, Israel constitutes the only anachronistic nation-state, remains a mystery.
Deep Unfairness Steven Bayme April 24, 2012

Historical Examples

It is anachronistic and does not agree with the views now generally accepted by historical students.
The Journal of Negro History, Volume 3, 1918 Various

If there had been anyone there to see she would have made a most anachronistic bride.
Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes

But we will not further celebrate Major Cleaveland’s anachronistic nuptials.
Catholic World, Vol. XIII, April to September, 1871 Various

In a wider sense, all historical writings are anachronistic.
August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby

This anachronistic thinker was the English monk, Roger Bacon.
A History of Science, Volume 2(of 5) Henry Smith Williams


1775; see anachronism + -istic.

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