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[an-tee-di-loo-vee-uh n]
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  1. of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8.
  2. very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive: antediluvian ideas.
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  1. a person who lived before the Flood.
  2. a very old or old-fashioned person or thing.
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Origin of antediluvian

1640–50; ante- + Latin dīluvi(um) a flood, deluge + -an
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  1. belonging to the ages before the biblical Flood (Genesis 7, 8)
  2. old-fashioned or antiquated
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  1. an antediluvian person or thing
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Word Origin

C17: from ante- + Latin dīluvium flood
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Word Origin and History for antediluvian


"before Noah's flood," 1640s, formed from Latin ante- "before" (see ante) + diluvium "a flood" (see deluge (n.)). Coined by English physician Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682). As a noun meaning "person who lived before the Flood," from 1680s.

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