• : happening or beginning now or in recent times

  • : existing or happening in the same time period : from the same time period


I came across this word in an article my fellow peer posted in response to the article about Emmett Till (click here for the link). It can be found in the sentence “Chris Metress, the editor of “The Lynching of Emmett Till,” a book that includes contemporary news accounts of the killing and trial”. I thought this word meant in a short amount of time. Contemporary to me felt like a word I would know since I’ve heard it a lot of times but I was wrong. From learning what contemporary means, it now makes sense that the book The Lynching of Emmett Till is talking about today’s news about the tragedy that happened in the past.

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