post·​lap·​sar·​i·​an | \ ˌpōst-ˌlap-ˈser-ē-ən How to pronounce postlapsarian (audio) \

Definition of postlapsarian

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the time or state after the fall of humankind described in the Bible

Examples of postlapsarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in that postlapsarian politics, there were still leaders to be found, men (always men) who could endure the psychological strain of leadership, who could cut it, who could make the Faustian bargain and emerge with their souls intact. George Blaustein, The New Republic, 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of postlapsarian

1733, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for postlapsarian

post- + Latin lapsus slip, fall — more at lapse

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“Postlapsarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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