antediluvian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj antediluvian so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period "a ramshackle antediluvian tenement","antediluvian ideas","archaic laws"
    • adj antediluvian of or relating to the period before the biblical flood "antediluvian man"
    • n antediluvian a very old person
    • n antediluvian any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian deluge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a antediluvian Of or relating to the period before the Deluge in Noah's time; hence, antiquated; as, an antediluvian vehicle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • antediluvian 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.
    • antediluvian Belonging to very ancient times; antiquated; primitive; rude; simple: as, antediluvian ideas.
    • n antediluvian One who lived before the deluge.
    • n antediluvian Hence, humorously
    • n antediluvian One who is very old or very antiquated in manners or notions; an old fogy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Antediluvian an-te-di-lū′vi-an existing or happening before the Deluge or Flood: resembling the state of things before the Flood: very old-fashioned, primitive
    • n Antediluvian one who lived before the Flood: one who lives to be very old
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Deluge.

Usage

In literature:

It was a hot, moist country, where huge antediluvian animals lived in reedy swamps and dank forests.
"The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria" by W. Scott-Elliot
We seem to be reading of some antediluvian giant, rather than of a medieval conqueror.
"Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)" by John Henry Newman
A young Chinese seems to me an antediluvian man renewed.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
They are chagrined at his antediluvian habits.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
Rather different to the measly rasher and the antediluvian eggs from the grocer's opposite.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
She doesn't know any one, to be sure, and would probably dress like an antediluvian.
"A Romantic Young Lady" by Robert Grant
They look quite antediluvian.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
The poor Hippopotamus did look antediluvian among all the smart cars and carriages assembled!
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
The one school is of an Antediluvian, the other of a Christian race.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845" by Various
Among other enormities of the antediluvian world was the fondness shown by the sons of God for the daughters of men.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
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In poetry:

There was silence supreme! Not a shriek, not a scream,
Scarcely even a howl or a groan,
As the man they called "Ho!" told his story of woe
In an antediluvian tone.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
There was silence supreme! Not a shriek, not a scream,
Scarcely even a howl or a groan,
As the man they called "Ho!" told his story of woe
In an antediluvian tone.
"Fit The Third - The Baker's Tale" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

The cover of the new Antediluvian / Adversarial split.
With its antediluvian palmettos, teeming sloughs and oxbow lakes, and mighty live oaks, a trip to Brazos Bend can feel like time-travel to the Cretaceous Period.
Bun B has had a career longer than many new jacks' lifetimes-UGK's Too Hard to Swallow dropped in antediluvian 1992-but he's been a model of consistency, not reinvention.
12 O'Clock Track / Music 12 O'Clock Track: Antediluvian, "Force of Suns of Adversary".
AMONG DISTINCTIONS between the Now Generation and its antediluvian predecessors is that today's young field marshals (and corporals) write their memoirs before retiring.
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In science:

There is no way to measure heat flux directly (other than by its effect on the source and sink) and, while we do not wish to be considered antediluvian, it remains true that ‘caloric’ accounts for physics at a macroscopic level just as well as ‘heat’ does.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
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