antediluvian


adjective

  1. of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8.
  2. very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive: antediluvian ideas.

noun

  1. a person who lived before the Flood.
  2. a very old or old-fashioned person or thing.

adjective

  1. belonging to the ages before the biblical Flood (Genesis 7, 8)
  2. old-fashioned or antiquated

noun

  1. an antediluvian person or thing
adj.

“before Noah’s flood,” 1640s, formed from Latin ante- “before” (see ante) + diluvium “a flood” (see deluge (n.)). Coined by English physician Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682). As a noun meaning “person who lived before the Flood,” from 1680s.

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