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antediluvian

antediluvian

adjective an·te·di·lu·vi·an \ˌan-ti-də-ˈlü-vē-ən, -(ˌ)dī-\

: very old or old-fashioned

Full Definition of ANTEDILUVIAN

1
:  of or relating to the period before the flood described in the Bible
2
a :  made, evolved, or developed a long time ago <an antediluvian automobile>
b :  extremely primitive or outmoded <an antediluvian prejudice>
antediluvian noun

Examples of ANTEDILUVIAN

  1. He has antediluvian notions about the role of women in the workplace.
  2. <found evidence in the Middle East of an antediluvian people previously unknown to history>

Origin of ANTEDILUVIAN

ante- + Latin diluvium flood — more at deluge
First Known Use: 1646

Other Bible Terms

apocalyptic, apocrypha, behemoth

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