old Adam

  1. (in Christian theology) human nature lacking in grace; humans in their unredeemed state.

Origin of old Adam

First recorded in 1540–50

Words Nearby old Adam

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How to use old Adam in a sentence

  • Then the old Adam broke out, and he made what he called a "camp-fire" at the bottom of the garden.

  • old Adam wanted two thousand dollars, they say, if he could only get them; but he could not, not a rap.

    Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
  • 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
  • Beneath his frosted exterior there was a good deal of the old Adam yet.

  • If a boy had behaved as I did, it would have been called the "old Adam" in him.

    Daisy | Miranda Eliot Swan