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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.]
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(Theology) characteristic of or relating to the human state or time before the Fall: prelapsarian innocence.
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(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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Unfortunately, other studies offered less comforting visions in which these "primitive" groups turned out not to be soft-focus prelapsarian Adams after all.
Caption: Prelapsarian Bloom: One Day One Life, thread on kite, LED
He acknowledged that a prelapsarian return to infantile vision is impossible, but took it as his task to create a cinema of nonmimetic revelation that would be true to the experience of subjective, embodied perception "before 'the beginning was the word.'"
Every time you look closely at them, they will tell you something new." (16) The heft and surface of Bayer's forms radiate a primal energy and the force of time: geological, primordial, prelapsarian. Dry and brown from firing too fast and too hot, his early works reflect a machismo he now bemoans.
Her feeling for the place and the period - the pre-9/11, pre-digital, pre-global financial crisis era that, in the intervening years, has acquired a prelapsarian patina - lends depth and texture to her descriptions, while also allowing her to construct a narrative voice that revels in its ironic distance.
But the prelapsarian state of Somaliland's coastline at Berbera is far from idyllic: a rickety and crumbling facade with teeming refuse ana unsavoury seaside smells along the waterline.
In his chapter on sharing economies, John notes a pattern in the marketing and promotion of sharing apps: their appeal to either childhood or prelapsarian ideals.
The Maroon characters, by contrast, symbolically represent what Mordecai calls "prelapsarian blackness," untouched by the brutality and degradation of slavery, or an "ancestral blackness" that can be claimed as a part of the creole multiracial subject's politics and identity (p.
Stanza fifty-six clears the stage and reveals a "new and empty face of things" (442) that resembles a "table rase and pure" (446) when the world was first created and that invokes a prelapsarian state of language without the mediations of gender and politics.
He thinks the poet overcame his furious resentment over the defection of his seventeen-year-old bride Mary Powell; yet his prelapsarian Eve will probably strike non-Miltonists as sneaky, dishonest, narcissistic, and none-too-bright.
It belongs to the order of prelapsarian creation and sets the trajectory of our final destiny.
The image of the garden is, of course, also central to Judeo-Christian thought, referencing the prelapsarian Garden of Eden and the heavenly recreated state to which the book of Revelation alludes.