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[pree-kris-chuh n]
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to a time or period before the Christian Era.
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Origin of pre-Christian

First recorded in 1820–30; pre- + Christian
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Examples from the Web for pre-christian

Historical Examples

  • Suffice it to record the fact that these relics are admittedly pre-Christian.

    The Non-Christian Cross

    John Denham Parsons

  • Frobenius is convinced that it is at least pre-classical and pre-Christian in its beginning.

  • Or was it received by Paul from pre-Christian Jewish doctrine?

  • But was the pre-Christian Messiah ever identified with the hypostasis Wisdom?

  • At this point the pre-Christian development of Paul was over.

British Dictionary definitions for pre-christian


  1. of or referring to the period of history prior to the establishment of Christianity
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