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pre-Adamite

[pree-ad-uh-mahyt]
noun
  1. a person supposed to have existed before Adam.
  2. a person who believes that there were people in existence before Adam.
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adjective
  1. Also pre-A·dam·ic [pre-uh-dam-ik] /ˌprɛ əˈdæm ɪk/. existing before Adam.
  2. of or relating to the pre-Adamites.
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Origin of pre-Adamite

First recorded in 1655–65; pre- + Adam + -ite1
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Examples from the Web for preadamite

Historical Examples

  • The following account of the preadamite Jinn is given by El-Ḳazweenee.

    The Thousand and One Nights, Vol. I.

    Anonymous

  • The following account of the preadamite Jinn is given by El-Ḳazweenee.

  • Others give them a very great age and claim them to belong to preadamite man.

    Mound-Builders

    William J. Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for preadamite

preadamite

noun
  1. a person who believes that there were people on earth before Adam
  2. a person assumed to have lived before Adam
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adjective Also: preadamic (ˌpriːəˈdæmɪk)
  1. of or relating to a preadamite
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