antediluvian

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Synonyms for antediluvian

Synonyms for antediluvian

belonging to, existing, or occurring in times long past

of, existing, or occurring in a distant period

Synonyms for antediluvian

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

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a very old person

of or relating to the period before the biblical flood

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so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

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References in classic literature ?
Is it a bit more absurd than what you advocate, you machine- breaker, returning to the antediluvian ways of your forefathers?
It was a bold, not to say preposterous, idea to conceive even antediluvian trees, with branches strong enough to bear animals as large as elephants.
Bean't queer at all, as I can see, sir," says mine host, handing back our glass, "seeing as this here is the Blawing Stwun, his self," putting his hand on a square lump of stone, some three feet and a half high, perforated with two or three queer holes, like petrified antediluvian rat-holes, which lies there close under the oak, under our very nose.
You are right, my dear friend," he said, "yet what you say possesses, shall we call it, a somewhat antediluvian flavour.
The wooden dining-room stuck out over the mud of the shore like a lacustrine dwelling; the planks of the floor seemed rotten; a decrepit old waiter tottered pathetically to and fro before an antediluvian and worm-eaten sideboard; the chipped plates might have been disinterred from some kitchen midden near an inhab ited lake; and the chops recalled times more ancient still.
It is an extremely proud and pleasant thing, sir, to be an antediluvian,' said the old lady.
5 years as the mean for each of those antediluvian "generations," we arrive at a situation where the oldest man, Methuselah, who reached the age of 969 years, would have lived through just six generations while Lemech, the last of the antediluvians, who lived 777 years, would have witnessed just five generations.
While both the antediluvians and the Sodomites are punished for their homosexual acts, Belzhazzar's fault lies in mishandling sacred objects dedicated to God.