antediluvian


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an·te·di·lu·vi·an

 (ăn′tĭ-də-lo͞o′vē-ən)
adj.
1. Bible Occurring or belonging to the era before the Flood.
2. Extremely old or old-fashioned. See Synonyms at old.

[From ante- + Latin dīluvium, flood; see diluvial.]

an′te·di·lu′vi·an n.

antediluvian

(ˌæntɪdɪˈluːvɪən; -daɪ-)
adj
1. (Bible) belonging to the ages before the biblical Flood (Genesis 7, 8)
2. old-fashioned or antiquated
n
an antediluvian person or thing
[C17: from ante- + Latin dīluvium flood]

an•te•di•lu•vi•an

(ˌæn ti dɪˈlu vi ən)

adj.
1. of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8.
2. out of date; antiquated: antediluvian ideas.
n.
3. an old-fashioned person or thing.
[1640–50; ante- + Latin dīluvi(um) a flood, deluge + -an1]

antediluvian

a person who lived before the Flood. — antediluvian, adj.
See also: Antiquity

antediluvian

Belonging to a time before the flood described in the Bible.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antediluvian - any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian delugeantediluvian - any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian deluge
patriarch - any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
2.antediluvian - a very old personantediluvian - a very old person      
Adj.1.antediluvian - of or relating to the period before the biblical floodantediluvian - of or relating to the period before the biblical flood; "antediluvian man"
2.antediluvian - so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier periodantediluvian - so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period; "a ramshackle antediluvian tenement"; "antediluvian ideas"; "archaic laws"
old - of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"

antediluvian

adjective old-fashioned, ancient, antique, obsolete, out-of-date, archaic, antiquated, passé, out of the ark (informal), old as the hills those antediluvian days before television

antediluvian

adjective
1. Belonging to, existing, or occurring in times long past:
2. Of, existing, or occurring in a distant period:
Translations

antediluvian

[ˈæntɪdɪˈluːvɪən] ADJ (Rel, fig) → antediluviano

antediluvian

[ˌæntidəˈluːvɪən] adj (= outdated, archaic) [attitude, view] → antédiluvien(ne); [object] → antédiluvien(ne)

antediluvian

[ˈæntɪdɪˈluːvɪən] adj (liter, hum) → antidiluviano/a
References in classic literature ?
Having already described him in most of his present habitatory and anatomical peculiarities, it now remains to magnify him in an archaeological, fossiliferous, and antediluvian point of view.
It is an extremely proud and pleasant thing, sir, to be an antediluvian,' said the old lady.
But go to the old Galleries, and look now at a great Christian painter's portrait of this fish; for he succeeds no better than the antediluvian Hindoo.
Percy Northumberland Driscoll, brother to the judge, and younger than he by five years, was a married man, and had had children around his hearthstone; but they were attacked in detail by measles, croup, and scarlet fever, and this had given the doctor a chance with his effective antediluvian methods; so the cradles were empty.
The gently sloping beach along which I walked was thickly strewn with strangely shaped, colored shells; some empty, others still housing as varied a multitude of mollusks as ever might have drawn out their sluggish lives along the silent shores of the antediluvian seas of the outer crust.
You are antediluvian anyway, with your Nietzsche ideas.
But this hard body might be a bony covering, like that of the antediluvian animals; and I should be free to class this monster among amphibious reptiles, such as tortoises or alligators.
The streams were deep and slow, and there were holes of abysmal depth, where any kind and size of antediluvian monster could find a habitat.
There was something innocent and antediluvian about that broken crock, which quite pleased me.
The boy went, and re-appeared five minutes afterwards, struggling with an antediluvian chunk of wood, that looked as though it had been recently dug out of somewhere, and dug out carelessly, so as to have been unnecessarily damaged in the process.
You are right, my dear friend," he said, "yet what you say possesses, shall we call it, a somewhat antediluvian flavour.
His old friend lived with one maid and herself dusted her relics and trimmed her lamps and polished her silver; she stood oft, in the awful modern crush, when she could, but she sallied forth and did battle when the challenge was really to "spirit," the spirit she after all confessed to, proudly and a little shyly, as to that of the better time, that of THEIR common, their quite far-away and antediluvian social period and order.