What does antediluvian mean?

Definitions for antediluvian
ˌæn ti dɪˈlu vi ənan·te·dilu·vian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. antediluvian, antediluvian patriarch(noun)

    any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian deluge

  2. ancient, antediluvian(adj)

    a very old person

  3. antediluvian, antediluvial(adj)

    of or relating to the period before the biblical flood

    "antediluvian man"

  4. antediluvian, antiquated, archaic(adj)

    so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

    "a ramshackle antediluvian tenement"; "antediluvian ideas"; "archaic laws"


  1. antediluvian(Noun)

    One who lived prior to Noah's Flood.

  2. antediluvian(Adjective)

    ancient or antiquated; old; prehistoric.

  3. antediluvian(Adjective)

    Supremely dated.

    Those ideas are antediluvian.

  4. antediluvian(Adjective)

    Pertaining or belonging to the time period prior to a great or destructive flood or deluge

  5. antediluvian(Adjective)

    Pertaining or belonging to the time prior to Noah's Flood.

  6. Origin: From diluvium, in reference to the story of Noah’s Ark (Genesis 6–9), an early episode in the Bible.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antediluvian(adj)

    of or relating to the period before the Deluge in Noah's time; hence, antiquated; as, an antediluvian vehicle

  2. Antediluvian(noun)

    one who lived before the Deluge


  1. Antediluvian

    The antediluvian period – meaning "before the deluge" – is the period referred to in the Bible between the Creation of the Earth and the Deluge in the biblical cosmology. The narrative takes up chapters 1-6 of Genesis. The term found its way into early geology and lingered in science until late Victorian era. Colloquially, the term is used to refer to any ancient and murky period.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Antediluvian

    -al, an-te-di-lū′vi-an, -al, adj. existing or happening before the Deluge or Flood: resembling the state of things before the Flood: very old-fashioned, primitive.—adv. Antedilū′vially.—n. Antedilū′vian, one who lived before the Flood: one who lives to be very old. [See Deluge.]

Editors Contribution

  1. antediluvian

    the period prior to the flood story, as told in the pre-Biblical accounts of Upnapishtim (Vedic), Noah (Sumarian) and Nanabozho (Aneshnabek).

    The antediluvian tale of the flood story shows up first in the Vedas with Upnapishtim, then in the Torah or Old Testament with Noah, and third in the Aneshnabek oral histories, with Waynabozho, though Upnapishtim's story is considered the oldest by modern archeological findings.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 7, 2018


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antediluvian in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antediluvian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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