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Monday, June 12, 2017

Definitions for prelapsarian

  1. characteristic of or pertaining to any innocent or carefree period: a prelapsarian youth.
  2. Theology. occurring before the Fall: the prelapsarian innocence of Eden.
  3. supralapsarian.

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Citations for prelapsarian
Looking back, I think I had what is best described as a prelapsarian fondness for fifth grade, its lack of complication. Colson Whitehead, Sag Harbor, 2009
The show has a bifocal demographic appeal: it’s designed to charm both nostalgic Gen-X’ers and younger viewers who are drawn to a prelapsarian world of walkie-talkies, landlines, and suburban kids left free to roam wherever they want on their bicycles. Emily Nussbaum, "'Stranger Things' and 'The Get Down'," The New Yorker, August 22, 2016
Origin of prelapsarian
1875-1880
Prelapsarian is distinctively Christian in its meaning “before the Fall” (lapsus in Latin) of Adam and Eve from their state of bliss in the Garden of Eden, especially with regard to Adam and Eve’s unselfconscious nudity and innocence. The word is also used in nonreligious or secular contexts to refer to a person’s unselfconscious naturalness. Prelapsarian entered English in the 19th century.