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Theology Of or relating to the period before the fall of Adam and Eve.

[pre- + Latin lāpsus, fall; see lapse + -arian.]


(Theology) characteristic of or relating to the human state or time before the Fall: prelapsarian innocence.


(ˌpri læpˈsɛər i ən)

Theol. occurring before the Fall.
[1875–80; pre- + Latin lapsus a fall (see lapse) + -arian]
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Adj.1.prelapsarian - of or relating to the time before the Fall of Adam and Eve
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First is the notion of "instauration," a concept with strong apocalyptic vibes, meaning the restoration of humankind to its prelapsarian (before the Fall) state of being.
Much "how-to" WPA literature with its problem-solution structure, Gunner argues, reaches for a prelapsarian universe that has been effectively deconstructed and that--in the absence of critique--erases cultural and material conflict.
That period has come to symbolize all that conservatives believe about our culture: the idyllic prelapsarian age (the 1950s) displaced by a dark descent into the moral sewer, with the nightmarish effects still being felt.
Eden, the world's Golden Age, subsides like the gold of early buds and the false leaf of the flower; dawn, like Eden and the first natural stirrings of spring, a time of pure potentiality, necessarily declines to the quotidian, like the first buds, the first flowers, and prelapsarian innocence.
Alma imagines the world of the aborigines as ancient and prelapsarian, but it turns out to be an inscrutable and inaccessible paradise, which is itself already tainted by modernity.
Lead thus figures the loss of Paradise as an internalized deprivation rather than as the expulsion of Adam from a material property (Lead's notion of prelapsarian paradise somewhat resembles John Milton's notion of the postlapsarian "paradise within" which replaces the physical paradise at the end of Paradise Lost [1674]).
In humankind's prelapsarian state, Vico argued, the mind and nature were integrated and human beings possessed a direct, almost godlike understanding of the essence and order of things.
He should know that time, as human, albeit prelapsarian, understanding can comprehend it, does not apply to the almighty.
In particular, Cottegnies highlights how "family life before the fracture of the war is nostalgically described in a series of edenic, prelapsarian tableaux" in Cavendish's autobiographical narrative and how that "family utopia is destroyed by the civil wars" (110, 111).
In the first place, there is the remarkable range of topics that Dee engaged in works that include the Propaedeumata aphoristica (1558), devoted to astrology as an "Arte Mathematicall," the Monas hieroglyphica (1564), whose central symbol, the "real kabbalah," would make possible the unification of all knowledge, the Mathematicall Praeface (1570), affirming the value of mathematics and experimentation in the study of nature, and Dee's account of the angelic conversations (1582-89), during which the prelapsarian language of Adam was revealed to himself and his scryer Edward Kelley.
In Dante's choice of the mother tongue Fraser also locates a return to the prelapsarian state of the womb before the fall.
Both writers oppose some form of prelapsarian "aura" to presentist "shocks.