I am looking for a single word for a person who believes that she/he was born in the wrong era/decade/time. The person desires to be either in the past or in the future. That person might also possess a certain nostalgia for a specific era.

I thought of malcontent, but I do not think this fits well. Before I start inventing a ridiculous word like malperitemporalist, I want to know if a sufficient word exists?

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    There's a trope: Born in the wrong century. You might also like the slightly-repurposed temporal dissonance.
    – 1006a
    Nov 21, 2016 at 23:09
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    Anachronist sounds right though I don't think it's considered a word. Do you mind making up your own?
    – Prismonic
    Nov 21, 2016 at 23:21
  • Thanks for the response. I had not thought of anachronism as a noun, but I think anachronist will do. No, I do not mind making up my own words, but what use are they if no one else can easily understand them?
    – Tony C
    Nov 21, 2016 at 23:25
  • Ugh, how I loathe having to resort to tropes... But I do like the second term you mention; temporal dissonance certainly could work.
    – Tony C
    Nov 21, 2016 at 23:28
  • The person believes s?he is behind his/her time or ahead of his/her time
    – Drew
    Nov 21, 2016 at 23:40

2 Answers 2



Noun, something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time



You could say that the felt they were born out of time


At the wrong time or period. ‘I felt that I was born out of time’

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