antediluvian

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English[edit]

Illustration of the deluge, from the nineteenth-century illustrated Bible of Gustave Doré

Etymology[edit]

From ante- (before) +‎ Latin dīluvium (flood); in reference to the story of Noah’s Ark (Genesis 6–9), an early episode in the Bible.

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Adjective[edit]

antediluvian (comparative more antediluvian, superlative most antediluvian)

  1. Ancient or antiquated.
    Synonyms: antediluvial, old, prehistoric
  2. Extremely dated.
    Synonyms: dated, old-fashioned
    Those ideas are antediluvian.
  3. Pertaining or belonging to the time period prior to a great or destructive flood or deluge.
  4. (biblical) Pertaining or belonging to the time prior to Noah's Flood.
    Synonym: antediluvial
    Coordinate term: prelapsarian

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Noun[edit]

antediluvian (plural antediluvians)

  1. One who lived prior to Noah's Flood.

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