Definition of prelapsarian in English:

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prelapsarian

Pronunciation: /ˌprēlapˈserēən/

adjective

Theology or literary
Characteristic of the time before the Fall of Man; innocent and unspoiled: a prelapsarian Eden of astonishing plenitude
More example sentences
  • To the extent that the freedom of prelapsarian man survives the fall - and Milton is ambivalent about this - so does his end, which is not to found and hold office in republics, but to serve God out of the care to please him.
  • One must not identify it, say, with the pure, prelapsarian humanity favored in medieval accounts of the incarnation.
  • But other early monastic texts hold out the hope of a different, nonviolent, world, one that restores the prelapsarian harmony between human beings and animals.

Origin

Late 19th century: from pre- 'before', on the pattern of sublapsarian.

Words that rhyme with prelapsarian

agrarian, antiquarian, apiarian, Aquarian, Arian, Aryan, authoritarian, barbarian, Bavarian, Bulgarian, Caesarean (US Cesarean), centenarian, communitarian, contrarian, Darien, disciplinarian, egalitarian, equalitarian, establishmentarian, fruitarian, Gibraltarian, grammarian, Hanoverian, humanitarian, Hungarian, latitudinarian, libertarian, librarian, majoritarian, millenarian, necessarian, necessitarian, nonagenarian, octogenarian, ovarian, Parian, parliamentarian, planarian, predestinarian, proletarian, quadragenarian, quinquagenarian, quodlibetarian, Rastafarian, riparian, rosarian, Rotarian, sabbatarian, Sagittarian, sanitarian, Sauveterrian, sectarian, seminarian, septuagenarian, sexagenarian, topiarian, totalitarian, Trinitarian, ubiquitarian, Unitarian, utilitarian, valetudinarian, vegetarian, veterinarian, vulgarian

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Syllabification: pre·lap·sar·i·an

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