Anachronism

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    An anachronism is an inconsistency in some chronological arrangement, especially a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other. The item is often an object, but may be a verbal expression, a technology, a philosophical idea, a musical style, a material, a custom, or anything else so closely associated with a particular period in time that it would be incorrect to place it outside its proper domain. A representation of something as existing or occurring at other than its proper time in history.

    Shakespeare’s placing of a clock in "Julius Caesar" is an anachronism, because clocks had not yet been invented in the period when the play is set.
     
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