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antediluvian

[ an-tee-di-loo-vee-uhn ]
/ ˌæn ti dɪˈlu vi ən /
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adjective

of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Genesis 7, 8.
very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive: antediluvian ideas.

noun

a person who lived before the Flood.
a very old or old-fashioned person or thing.

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Origin of antediluvian

First recorded in 1640–50; ante- + Latin dīluvi(um) “a flood, deluge” + -an;see origin at deluge
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British Dictionary definitions for antediluvian

antediluvian
/ (ˌæntɪdɪˈluːvɪən, -daɪ-) /

adjective

belonging to the ages before the biblical Flood (Genesis 7, 8)
old-fashioned or antiquated

noun

an antediluvian person or thing
C17: from ante- + Latin dīluvium flood
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