Definition of antediluvian in English:

antediluvian

Line breaks: ante|dilu¦vian
Pronunciation: /ˌantɪdɪˈluːvɪən
 
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adjective

1Of or belonging to the time before the biblical Flood: gigantic bones of antediluvian animals
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  • In addition, the parallels between the Sumerian and biblical antediluvian data open up the possibility of establishing chronological correlations between the rest of the Kings List and the book of Genesis.
  • An antediluvian civilization, thriving and technologically advanced prior to the flood, managed to survive the flood due to their technological prowess.
  • One even tells its followers that they may relive former lives, back into antediluvian periods.
Synonyms
before the flood, prehistoric, primeval, primordial, primal, earliest, ancient, early
rare primigenial
1.1chiefly humorous Ridiculously old-fashioned: they maintain antediluvian sex-role stereotypes
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  • In the new dispensation, religion is being hemmed into a narrow, private world, as if a public commitment to certain beliefs is old-fashioned and antediluvian, like wearing your shirt inside your drawers.
  • But I cannot see the House of Lords' decision as some sort of cataclysm which has put a quarter of a century's family jurisprudence into antediluvian obsolescence.
  • ‘The newspaper industry prices itself in a way that is at best archaic and at worst antediluvian,’ he says.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 17th century: from ante- + Latin diluvium 'deluge' + -an.

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