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The printed version is an expensive anachronism from an earlier time.
  something out of place for it’s time - typically something that belongs in the past
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anachronism anachronistic anachronisms anachronistically anachronous
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  • The printed version is an expensive anachronism from an earlier time.
  • The term Imperial is kept though it is now an anachronism.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Our ancestors had no great tolerance for anachronisms.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Pitying the poor, he would have shown us poverty as a ridiculous anachronism,
    Voltaire  --  Candide

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  • He stood there, beside the spice rack, a living anachronism.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • And how did he handle the growing materialism in which so many people feel no need of faith and consider the church almost an anachronism?
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • We scoured the diary, an elaborate anachronism hunt.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He was the anachronism at the Circle, the flashy CEO, and created conflicted feelings among many of the utopian young Circlers.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I really let him have it on that one; its a very sore point with me, because, just to take one example, there was a line in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where Butch said, I got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals,’ and one of my genius producers said, ’That line’s got to go; I don’t put my name on this movie with that line in it,’ and I said why and he said, ’They didn’t talk like that then; its anachronistic.’
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • I began to understand at the same time that my anguish about being a man adrift was false, that for me that dream of home and security was nothing more than a dream of isolation, anachronistic and stupid and very feeble.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River

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  • They were clad as on that long-ago Sunday when I first saw them together—she in her sporty togs from a bygone time, he in those wide-striped, raffish, anachronistic gray flannels that had made him look like a successful gambler.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But even if someone was clever enough to detect an inaccuracy say a style of carving or a type of wood anachronistic for the maker or period —I had once or twice been bold enough to talk past even this: by claiming the piece was made to order for a special customer and hence, strictly speaking, more valuable than the usual article.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • A near anachronism in Stamps.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The BankAmericard and Master Charge decals on it seemed jarringly anachronistic.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The guard checked his black, military-style chronograph-an odd anachronism beneath his puffy sleeve.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It’s such an anachronism.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • These bodies hanging on the Wall are time travelers, anachronisms.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • On January 4, 1993, this writer received an unusual letter, penned in a shaky, anachronistic script that suggested an elderly author.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It would be anachronistic to think of it as a guitar or lute, so I call it a "gittern harp" and sometimes refer to the performer as a harper.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • A cloister, caught in the very act of asceticism, in the very heart of the city of ’89 and of 1830 and of 1848, Rome blossoming out in Paris, is an anachronism.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This giant anachronism of a room reminded her of the Sisters’ Hall at her Bene Gesserit school.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Who stupidly sealed that heavy anachronism of stone in the Carlovingian pavement of Hercandus?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "This is an anachronism," he said severely.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In the wake of Desert Storm, the Pentagon became convinced that that kind of warfare would soon be an anachronism: no one would be foolish enough to challenge the United States head-to-head in pure military combat.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • In 1996, when Goetz went to trial a second time, as the defendant in a civil suit brought by Darrell Cabey, the case was all but ignored by the press, and Goetz himself seemed almost an anachronism.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The walls of Uruk were a byword, but they were not yet of burnt brick; this is an anachronism possibly due to misunderstanding of an earlier text by later redactors.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • And I thought the same thing again as I walked up the anachronistic patch of concrete walk toward the dimly lighted white house.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Yet, because Bernadine and Bill are so famously anachronistic, a plain fact is obscured: they were suited to their times then and they are, likewise, suited to their times now, as middle-aged baby boomer parents.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • In an age of computer-enhanced imagery it struck Ryan as charmingly anachronistic.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Her face was falling loose, but her eyes were calm, and there was something strong in her that made it seem she was not old; merely her wrinkles and loose cheeks were an anachronism.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Colonel Aureliano, Buendia had him told, word for word, that he was eagerly awaiting that tardy but deserved occasion in order to take a shot at him, not as payment for the arbitrary acts and anachronisms of his regime, but for his lack of respect for an old man who had not done anyone any harm.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Are these terms too anachronistic for you?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The dark beach was deserted, but there were crowds in the old hotel up by the road and the anachronistic hamburger shop across the way.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The only area in which he persisted in defying time and fashion was in his somber attire, his anachronistic frock coats, his unique hat, the poet’s string ties from his mother’s notions shop, his sinister umbrella.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • "You are too young—it is an anachronism for you to have such thoughts," said Will, energetically, with a quick shake of the head habitual to him.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • We may wonder whether at the acme and summit of the human progress these anachronisms will be corrected by a finer intuition, a closer interaction of the social machinery than that which now jolts us round and along; but such completeness is not to be prophesied, or even conceived as possible.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Bloom assented covertly to Stephen’s rectification of the anachronism involved in assigning the date of the conversion of the Irish nation to christianity from druidism by Patrick son of Calpornus, son of Potitus, son of Odyssus, sent by pope Celestine I in the year 432 in the reign of Leary to the year 260 or thereabouts in the reign of Cormac MacArt (died 266 A.D.), suffocated by imperfect deglutition of aliment at Sletty and interred at Rossnaree.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Physically beautiful men—the glory of the race when it was young—are almost an anachronism now; and we may wonder whether, at some time or other, physically beautiful women may not be an anachronism likewise.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The press and the public were kind enough to welcome the fanciful plan, and willingly joined me in the anachronism of imagining a Wessex population living under Queen Victoria;—a modern Wessex of railways, the penny post, mowing and reaping machines, union workhouses, lucifer matches, labourers who could read and write, and National school children.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Significantly, all of these pretty decorations were obsolete and anachronistic when placed in reverent perpetuity on campus.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Thereupon the old demiurgic sire in the midst of his community became a metaphysical anachronism.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • THERE are moments when in connection with the sensitively imaginative or morbidly anachronistic—the mentality assailed and the same not of any great strength and the problem confronting it of sufficient force and complexity—the reason not actually toppling from its throne, still totters or is warped or shaken—the mind befuddled to the extent that for the time being, at least, unreason or disorder and mistaken or erroneous counsel would appear to hold against all else.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Thus his profligacy and his dare-devil airs have gone the way of his sword and mandoline into the rag shop of anachronisms and superstitions.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • And it isn’t just that the form is an anachronism, or that these spirits of earth and air only confuse what science has unravelled.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • This was what he required a steamer for, and I knew he was just then negotiating enthusiastically with a Parsee firm for an old, brig-rigged, sea-anachronism of ninety horse-power.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • And, finally, I am convinced that he is the perfect type of the primitive man, born a thousand years or generations too late and an anachronism in this culminating century of civilization.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Only fancy, this was two years after his insult to me, and my challenge would have been a ridiculous anachronism, in spite of all the ingenuity of my letter in disguising and explaining away the anachronism.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Once selected, those leaders must have full scientific freedom to direct the bio-group in accordance with natural law, unhampered by such artificial anachronisms as statutes, constitutions, and courts of law.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Of course the deep south holds on by main strength to its regional expressions, just as it holds and treasures some other anachronisms, but no region can hold out for long against the highway, the high-tension line, and the national television.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Tolstoy then makes a sort of exposition of the plot of KING LEAR, finding it at every step to be stupid, verbose, unnatural, unintelligible, bombastic, vulgar, tedious and full of incredible events, "wild ravings", "mirthless jokes", anachronisms, irrelevancies, obscenities, worn-out stage conventions and other faults both moral and aesthetic.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
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