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old Adam

(in Christian theology) human nature lacking in grace; humans in their unredeemed state.
Also called old man.
Origin of old Adam
First recorded in 1540-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Old Morality at the counter again; the old Adam in him stronger than ever.

  • I damned every Carper into fiddlestrings from old Adam to old Columbus.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • They must put off "the old Adam," and put on the flesh of righteousness at once!

  • Scaife confessed to Desmond that the old Adam was strong in him.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Hence when one does wrong it is said that the old Adam comes out.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • old Adam, as we used to call him, sneaked off, and I have not seen him since.

  • "That is the fault of old Adam—the 'body of death,' Paul writes of;" replied he.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • We think that the "old Adam" in them would soon rear and plunge at it.

    Caper-Sauce Fanny Fern
  • It's no good; I'm as stubborn as a mule; that's at least a relic of the old Adam.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • We are born the sons of the old Adam as we are re-born the sons of the New.

    The Chalice Of Courage Cyrus Townsend Brady

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