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  • The holiday arises from a custom that antedates the introduction of Christianity.
  • And strictly speaking, your marriage to the young chevalier in there antedates your marriage to Monsieur Randall.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • These poems have a right to a place in the world’s literature, not only because they antedate Homeric epic by at least one and a half thousand years, but mainly because of the quality and character of the story that they tell.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The amount of material I have to sift through is immense, for all of the cities have stood for hundreds of years, and some antedate the arrival of humans in Alagaesia.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr

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  • /Lamoine/, /Labelle/, /Lagrange/ and /Lamonte/ are among its other improvements; /Lafayette/, for /La Fayette/, long antedates the beginning of its labors.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • "I know," said Ilderim, taking some of the rings in his hand—"I know with what care and zeal, my son, the scribes of the Temple in the Holy City keep the names of the newly born, that every son of Israel may trace his line of ancestry to its beginning, though it antedate the patriarchs.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The second fact noted, namely, that the Negro church antedates the Negro home, leads to an explanation of much that is paradoxical in this communistic institution and in the morals of its members.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
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