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contemporary

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of contemporary

  1. 1 existing or occurring at the same period of time the absurd notion that early cave dwellers were contemporary with the dinosaurs Synonyms of contemporary coetaneous, coeval, coexistent, coexisting, coextensive, coincident, coincidental, concurrent, contemporaneous, coterminous, simultaneous, synchronic, synchronous Words Related to contemporary accompanying, attendant, attending, concomitant, incident Antonyms of contemporary asynchronous, noncontemporary, nonsimultaneous, nonsynchronous

  2. 2 being or involving the latest methods, concepts, information, or styles a magazine devoted to contemporary fashions Synonyms of contemporary modern, current, designer, hot, mod, modernistic, new, new age, newfangled, new-fashioned, present-day, red-hot, space-age, state-of-the-art, ultramodern, up-to-date, up-to-the-minuteWords Related to contemporary fashionable, happening, in, modish, nouvelle, now, stylish; last, latest; modernized, updated; futuristic, high-tech (also hi-tech); latter-day, recentNear Antonyms of contemporary anachronistic; aged, age-old, ancient, antediluvian, hoary, old, venerable; bygone, former, late, olden, past; antique, historic, historical; retro, retrograde; kaput (also kaputt), obsolete, outmoded, outworn, unmodernized; old-world; discarded, disused, moth-eaten; forgotten, remote; ageless, dateless, timelessAntonyms of contemporary antiquated, archaic, dated, fusty, musty, oldfangled, old-fashioned, old-time, out-of-date, passé

Synonym Discussion of contemporary

contemporary, contemporaneous, coeval, synchronous, simultaneous, coincident mean existing or occurring at the same time. contemporary is likely to apply to people and what relates to them.
    • Abraham Lincoln was contemporary with Charles Darwin
contemporaneous is more often applied to events than to people.
    • contemporaneous accounts of the kidnapping
coeval refers usually to periods, ages, eras, eons.
    • two stars thought to be coeval
synchronous implies exact correspondence in time and especially in periodic intervals.
    • synchronous timepieces
simultaneous implies correspondence in a moment of time.
    • the two shots were simultaneous
coincident is applied to events and may be used in order to avoid implication of causal relationship.
    • the end of World War II was coincident with a great vintage year

contemporary

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of contemporary

  1. a person who lives at the same time or is about the same age as another Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were exact contemporaries, actually being born on the same day in 1809 Synonyms of contemporary coeval Words Related to contemporary accompaniment, companion, concomitant; coordinate, counterpart, equal, equivalent, match, peer, rival



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