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Monday, June 30, 2003

Definitions for antediluvian

  1. very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive: antediluvian ideas.
  2. of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8.
  3. Of or relating to the period before the Biblical flood.

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Citations for antediluvian
The other thing that almost always goes with these myths is the notion of an antediluvian civilisation -- something which existed before the flood and was destroyed by it. Graham Hancock, The Guardian
The far thornier task of safeguarding the city's skyline and its neighborhoods falls to the Planning Commission. It should revise the antediluvian zoning code to prohibit any developer from exploiting air rights, plaza bonuses and other zoning tools to create a structure that does not fit the scale of a neighborhood… , The Scale of Mr. Trump’s Dreams,” New York Times, January 9, 1999
Origin of antediluvian
Antediluvian is related to the Latin term dīluvium meaning "a flood." The prefix ante- means "before" and is used in the formation of compound words.