antediluvian

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Bible Occurring or belonging to the era before the Flood.
  • adjective Extremely old or old-fashioned. synonym: old.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Existing before the flood (the Noachian deluge) recorded in Genesis; relating to the times or events before the Noachian deluge: as, the antediluvian patriarchs: by extension, applied to the time preceding any great flood or inundation, as that which is said to have occurred in China in the time of Yao, 2298 b. c.
  • Belonging to very ancient times; antiquated; primitive; rude; simple: as, antediluvian ideas.
  • noun One who lived before the deluge.
  • noun Hence, humorously
  • noun One who is very old or very antiquated in manners or notions; an old fogy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or relating to the period before the Deluge in Noah's time; hence, antiquated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective ancient or antiquated; old; prehistoric.
  • adjective Supremely dated.
  • adjective Pertaining or belonging to the time period prior to a great or destructive flood or deluge
  • adjective biblical Pertaining or belonging to the time prior to Noah's Flood.
  • noun One who lived prior to Noah's Flood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a very old person
  • adjective so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
  • noun any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian deluge
  • adjective of or relating to the period before the biblical flood

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From ante– + Latin dīluvium, flood; see diluvial.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ante- (“before”) +‎ diluvium ("flood"), in reference to the story of Noah’s Ark (Genesis 6–9), an early episode in the Bible.

Examples

  • The doctor armed himself, and held himself in readiness to fire upon an animal which, by its dimensions, recalled the antediluvian quadrupeds.

    The English at the North Pole Part I of the Adventures of Captain Hatteras

  • Parker also complains that British (military) ambulances are "antediluvian" and "reveals" that the laboratory at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, which is used to match blood and test samples, had to close between 11.30am and 3.30pm because the air-conditioning system could not keep the temperature below 97F (36C).

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Sally Keeble, MP for Northampton North, thought the ban epitomised  'the complete nonsense of an institution that won't move on', and Barbara Follett, MP for Stevenage, talked of 'antediluvian' attitudes.

    Betty Bothroyd The Autobiography

  • "Antiquites Celtiques," published in 1847, M. Boucher de Perthes styled these older tools "antediluvian," because they came from the lowest beds of a series of ancient alluvial strata bordering the valley of the Somme, which geologists had termed "diluvium."

    The Antiquity of Man

  • That way, they would have found out what kind of antediluvian throwback they hve admitted to the EU.

    timesofmalta.com

  • That way, they would have found out what kind of antediluvian throwback they hve admitted to the EU.

    timesofmalta.com

  • He complains that merchants in Pasadena are "antediluvian" when it comes to the Internet.

    Journerdism | Will Sullivan's Stompin' ground for journalists and nerds.

  • When Dewi Morris uses the word "antediluvian" you know you've got a problem

    Blogposts | guardian.co.uk

  • "antediluvian" shape of the bat -- no paddings on the legs.

    Pickwickian Manners and Customs

  • "antediluvian," and for startling originality in his views as well as fearlessness in expressing them.

    Camps, Quarters, and Casual Places

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