adjectiveTheology or • literary
- Characteristic of the time before the Fall of Man; innocent and unspoilt: a prelapsarian Eden of astonishing plenitudeMore 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.
late 19th century: from pre- 'before' + Latin lapsus, from labi 'to fall'.
More definitions of prelapsarianDefinition of prelapsarian in:
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