EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective before or existing before a war, especially the American Civil War; prewar: the antebellum plantations of Georgia. Origin of antebellum
First recorded in
1860–65, antebellum is from the Latin word ante bellum before the war
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Related Words for antebellum prewar Examples from the Web for antebellum Contemporary Examples of antebellum Historical Examples of antebellum
Banjos and fiddles (violins) were owned only limitedly by
The subjects upon which the
antebellum Negro preached, however, were comparatively few.
That was in the
antebellum days, before men realized they couldn't oppress their fellows with impunity.
If Republicans stand for crude force, and Democrats for
antebellum sentimentality, both are doomed together.
It is as handsome as their splendid plate of
antebellum days, which was destroyed by fire. British Dictionary definitions for antebellum adjective of or during the period before a war, esp the American Civil War the antebellum South Word Origin for antebellum
ante bellum, literally: before the war
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Word Origin and History for antebellum adj.
ante-bellum, from Latin phrase ante bellum, literally "before the war;" see ante- + bellicose. In U.S., usually in reference to the American Civil War (1861-65); first attested in a June 14, 1862, entry in Mary Chesnut's diary.
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antebellum [(an-tee- bel-uhm)]
A descriptive term for objects and institutions, especially houses, that originated three or four decades before the
Civil War. Antebellum is Latin for “before the war.”
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