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Sunday, July 14, 2002

Definitions for prelapsarian

  1. Pertaining to or characteristic of the time or state before the Fall.

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Citations for prelapsarian
Because artifice connotes civilization to the Chinese elite, it doesn't have quite the negative meaning it has for Europeans brought up on stories of prelapsarian Eden and on Romantic conceptions of nature. Yi-Fu Tuan, Escapism
No visible tourists (apart from ourselves), no hotels or apartments in sight, high rise or otherwise; it was possible to imagine we were in a prelapsarian Mediterranean paradise. Annalena McAfee, The Guardian
Origin of prelapsarian
1875-1880
Prelapsarian is derived from Latin pre-, "before" + lapsus, "fall."
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