antediluvian (adj.) "before Noah's flood," 1640s, formed from L. ante- "before" (see ANTE (Cf. ante)) + diluvium "a flood" (see DELUGE (Cf. deluge)). 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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  • antediluvian — ANTEDILUVIÁN, Ă, antediluvieni, e, adj., subst. (Timp) care aparţine unei epoci străvechi a omenirii, dinainte de glaciaţia cuaternară. ♦ fig. Foarte vechi, străvechi; învechit, perimat. [pr.: vi an] – Din fr. antédiluvien. Trimis de ana zecheru …   Dicționar Român

  • antediluvian — an te*di*lu vi*an ([a^]n t[ e]*d[i^]*l[=u] v[i^]*an), a. Of or relating to the period before the Deluge in Noah s time; hence, antiquated; as, an antediluvian vehicle. n. One who lived before the Deluge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • antediluvian — [an΄tē də lo͞o′vē ən, an΄tidə lo͞o′vē ən] adj. [< ANTE + L diluvium, a flood (see DILUVIUM) + AN] 1. of the time before the Biblical Flood 2. very old, old fashioned, or primitive n. an antediluvian person or thing …   English World dictionary

  • antediluvian — index obsolete, outdated, outmoded Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • antediluvian — ancient, antiquated, obsolete, antique, venerable, archaic , *old Analogous words: primordial, primeval, primal, pristine (see PRIMARY): *early …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • antediluvian — [adj] out of date; prehistoric age old, ancient, antiquated, antique, archaic, hoary, obsolete, old, old fashioned, passé, primeval, primitive, primordial, timeworn, venerable; concepts 578,797,799 Ant. modern, new, up to date, young …   New thesaurus

  • antediluvian — ► ADJECTIVE 1) belonging to the time before the biblical Flood. 2) chiefly humorous ridiculously old fashioned. ORIGIN from ANTE (Cf. ↑ante ) + Latin diluvium deluge …   English terms dictionary

  • Antediluvian — The word antediluvian (syn.Prediluvian) (Latin for before the deluge ) is used to describe a period of time that preceded the Great Flood of Noah as related in the Book of Genesis in the Bible. The antediluvian periodThe Bible speaks of this era… …   Wikipedia

  • antediluvian — adjective Etymology: ante + Latin diluvium flood more at deluge Date: 1646 1. of or relating to the period before the flood described in the Bible 2. a. made, evolved, or developed a long time ago < an antediluvian automobile > b. extremely p …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • antediluvian — [[t]æ̱ntidɪlu͟ːviən[/t]] ADJ Antediluvian things are old or old fashioned. [HUMOROUS] ...those antediluvian days before telephone answering machines …   English dictionary

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