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Several of the year’s biggest prestige films are possessed of a kind of prelapsarian innocence, rendering them, in some ways, tragically out of step with the current moment.
After destroying the prelapsarian world in Noah, indie director Darren Aronofsky has returned to his formula.
This novel takes a far darker view of that prelapsarian age, depicting the chaos and cruelty that invariably attended the wild parties and protests.
There was something almost prelapsarian about the Dragon Well Manor restaurant, set amid the hills and tea plantations on Hangzhou’s outskirts.
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Prelapsarian is the latest creation in the "lapsarian" family, which is etymologically related to Latin lapsus, meaning "slip" or "fall." "Supralapsarian" is the firstborn, appearing in 1633 as a word for someone who held the belief that people were predestined to either eternal life or eternal death before the Creation and the Fall (the event in the Bible when Adam and Eve were forced to leave the Garden of Eden because they had sinned against God). Next in line is "sublapsarian," which refers to a person who adhered to the view that God foresaw and permitted the Fall and after the Fall decreed predestination to eternal life as a means of saving some of the human race. That word first appears in 1656 and was followed by its synonym, "infralapsarian," in distant 1731. Postlapsarian, meaning "of, relating to, or characteristic of the time or state after the Fall," appeared two years later, and "prelapsarian" was delayed until 1879.
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