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Monday, June 30, 2003

Definitions for antediluvian

  1. Of or relating to the period before the Biblical flood.
  2. Antiquated; from or belonging to a much earlier time.
  3. One who lived before the Biblical flood.

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Citations for antediluvian
The other thing that almost always goes with these myths is the notion of an antediluvian civilisation -- something which existed before the flood and was destroyed by it. Graham Hancock, The Guardian
. . .a dinosaur garden that is full of such antediluvian plants as mosses and ferns. Barbara Hall, Washington Post
Origin of antediluvian
1640-1650
Antediluvian comes from Latin ante-, "before" + diluvium, "flood."
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