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Definition very old; or relating to the period before the biblical flood
  • Someone needs to replace her and her antediluvian ideas.
antediluvian = ancient
  • What antediluvian notions you have
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • These were the keys which unlocked the treasures of the antediluvian world for me.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • antediluvian = very old; or relating to the period before the biblical flood
  • Percy Northumberland Driscoll, brother to the judge, and younger than he by five years, was a married man, and had had children around his hearthstone; but they were attacked in detail by measles, croup, and scarlet fever, and this had given the doctor a chance with his effective antediluvian methods; so the cradles were empty.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • antediluvian = very old (possibly jesting that they are from the period before the biblical flood)
  • antediluvian ideas
  • You are antediluvian anyway, with your Nietzsche ideas.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • antediluvian man
  • Is it a bit more absurd than what you advocate, you machine-breaker, returning to the antediluvian ways of your forefathers?
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • There was something innocent and antediluvian about that broken crock, which quite pleased me.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • "You are right, my dear friend," he said, "yet what you say possesses, shall we call it, a somewhat antediluvian flavour."
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • It's—it's antediluvian, I tell you.
    London, Jack  --  Adventure
  • The streams were deep and slow, and there were holes of abysmal depth, where any kind and size of antediluvian monster could find a habitat.
    Stoker, Bram  --  The Lair of the White Worm
  • a ramshackle antediluvian tenement
  • I am an antediluvian, sir.
    Dickens, Charles  --  American Notes for General Circulation
  • told his story of woe In an antediluvian tone.
    Carroll, Lewis  --  The Hunting of the Snark
  • In those antediluvian pre-jet days Toronto was as far away as Tokyo, and I gave a moan of despair.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • After breakfasting on a slice of antediluvian ham and an egg of uncertain age, he continues on his way.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • "Bones," I replied, "yes, certainly, the bones of antediluvian animals."
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Without actually uttering a single inappropriate word, they displayed an attitude that was so antediluvian it was almost comical.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • But go to the old Galleries, and look now at a great Christian painter's portrait of this fish; for he succeeds no better than the antediluvian Hindoo.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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