pre-Christian

adjective

pre-Chris·​tian (ˌ)prē-ˈkris-chən How to pronounce pre-Christian (audio)
-ˈkrish-
: of, relating to, or being a time before the beginning of the Christian era

Examples of pre-Christian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its evolution began in the pre-Christian era of Western Europe, when the Celtic world was the predominant cultural force in the region. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Promiscuity of belief has been relatively normal for much of human history, as was evident in the pre-Christian Roman Empire, or is evident in Japan or China. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2010 For pre-Christian Romans, Africa, or at least the part of it along the Mediterranean that Rome had occupied, was not marginal, not a hinterland. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 The religious component acts almost as a framing device for the expression of distinctive cultural elements, rituals, customs, song and dance, such as the Waka Waka, or the ancient pre-Christian use of llama parts in sacrifice. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 According to the study, fewer than ten runestones from the pre-Christian era memorialize women, and four of these are the stones that mention Thyra. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Oct. 2023 The 1,000 bracteates found in Scandinavia typically show the Norse god Odin healing the sick horse of his son, Balder — but the new pieces show just a horse, an image with important cultural symbolism in pre-Christian Norway. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 8 Sep. 2023 The first is an Axum stele silhouette, a pre-Christian era obelisk-like monument from Ethiopia’s original civilization, with a rounded top instead of a point, carved of a single piece of granite. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2023 In the process, Debbie takes on almost demonic proportions, behaving like a capricious pre-Christian deity. Zoe Hu, Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pre-Christian was in 1828

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“Pre-Christian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pre-Christian. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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