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[pree-kris-chuh n] /priˈkrɪs tʃən/
of, relating to, or belonging to a time or period before the Christian Era.
Origin of pre-Christian
1820-30; pre- + Christian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We speak of the religion of the Old Testament as 'revealed' in contrast with all other pre-Christian religions.

    Lux Mundi Various
  • Suffice it to record the fact that these relics are admittedly pre-Christian.

    The Non-Christian Cross John Denham Parsons
  • What pre-Christian Judaism had to offer was therefore obviously insufficient.

    The Origin of Paul's Religion J. Gresham Machen
  • At this point the pre-Christian development of Paul was over.

    The Origin of Paul's Religion J. Gresham Machen
  • Besides the students had undoubtedly, at least in pre-Christian times, some kind of ‘secret’ language known only to the initiated.

  • Or was it received by Paul from pre-Christian Jewish doctrine?

    The Origin of Paul's Religion J. Gresham Machen
  • This fort gets its name from ngus, one of the sons of Hua Mr, a famous chieftain in our pre-Christian history.

  • They certainly inherited much from the pre-Christian idea of Hades.

    Popular Tales Charles Perrault
  • On the other hand, some of the chants or ballads were very barbaric, having come down from pre-Christian times.

  • Additions and modifications, beginning in the pre-Christian era, were made as a result of foreign contacts.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
British Dictionary definitions for pre-Christian


of or referring to the period of history prior to the establishment of Christianity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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