prelapsarian

Definitions

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

  • adjective Theology Of or relating to the period before the fall of Adam and Eve.

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  • adjective Of, or relating to the period of innocence before the Fall of man; innocent, unspoiled.

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  • adjective of or relating to the time before the Fall of Adam and Eve

Etymologies

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

[pre– + Latin lāpsus, fall; see lapse + –arian.]

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From pre- +‎ Latin lapsus ("fall") +‎ -arian.

Examples

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  • This begs to be put in a list with antediluvian, edenic, arcadian, pre-nine-eleven, xanadu, shangri-la, and others.

    December 19, 2007

  • Good idea, adoarns!

    *waits*

    December 19, 2007

  • prelapsarian - characteristic of or belonging to the time or state before the fall of humankind

    More accurate, for those of us who aren't firm believers in Adam and Eve. :)

    December 16, 2008

  • What if you don't believe in the fall of humankind, either?

    December 16, 2008

  • Have we hit the ground yet?

    December 16, 2008