Is there a word similar to extra-terrestrial, only meaning other time(like past or future) rather than other planet?


He is from another time

The bolded portion is what I want to replace with the other word.

  • There's non-contemporaneous (Not occurring at the same time; not of the same date or period) (Lexico), but it doesn't flow too smoothly, and is usually used in overt comparisons. Feb 25, 2021 at 17:32
  • Otherworldly is not usually taken literally. It can be used to describe someone who isn't in quite the same domain as most people. Feb 25, 2021 at 17:40
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    There's extratemporal, which as well as applying to tissue located in an area of the brain other than the temporal lobe, can also be used to mean outside of, or forming no part of, the sequence of time (that latter definition is from the full OED). Feb 25, 2021 at 17:52
  • We say He was born before his time to mean they have new ideas a long time before other people start to think in the same way. But idiomatically, I don't think He was born after his time is so often used to mean he would have fitted in better if he'd lived in an earlier age / society (it certainly does occur though). Feb 25, 2021 at 18:00
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    @FumbleFingers "Belonging to an earlier age" may describe someone of the latter type - rather like Jacob Rees Mogg - sometimes referred to as "Minister for the Eighteenth Century".
    – WS2
    Feb 25, 2021 at 18:34

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The first term that has come to my mind with that meaning is time traveler.

Cambridge dictionary:

someone who can move between different times in the past or the future

An example from Lexico:

‘A Victorian time traveller would recognise the schools more than any other institution in this age.’

I would say this is one of the main terms used to describe this kind of people. Time travel is the common collocation to talk about travelling through time, so time traveler would be the natural derivative form.

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    I've changed the message. I tried to make a comparison between different terms to see their use, but the thing is I can't find any other similar terms to make it. I can't judge popularity then. Thanks for the correction.
    – Arendar
    Feb 25, 2021 at 18:03

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