preexilian

or pre-ex·il·i·an

[ pree-eg-zil-ee-uhn, -zil-yuhn, -ek-sil- ]
/ ˌpri ɛgˈzɪl i ən, -ˈzɪl yən, -ɛkˈsɪl- /

adjective

being or occurring prior to the exile of the Jews in Babylonia 597–538 b.c.

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Also pre·ex·il·ic, pre-ex·il·ic [pree-eg-zil-ik, -ek-sil-] /ˌpri ɛgˈzɪl ɪk, -ɛkˈsɪl-/ .

Origin of preexilian

1860–65; pre- + Latin exili(um) exile + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for preexilian

pre-exilian

pre-exilic

/ (ˌpriːɪɡˈzɪlɪən) /

adjective

Old Testament prior to the Babylonian exile of the Jews (586–538 bc)
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