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antediluvian

an-ti-di-LOO-vee-uhn

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Maximilian felt that he should have been born in another century because he felt so attracted to very old-fashioned, antediluvian beliefs. He maintained an antediluvian practice of wearing a stiffly starched collar, pocket watch, and a 19th-century pinstriped Victorian suit. Marjory thought that Max’s outdated habits were charming in an Old World sort of way, but she disagreed with his antediluvian beliefs about women’s place in society, which were anything but up to date. Over time, Max changed some of his antediluvian views to more modern ones so that the feminist Marjory would marry him.

Quiz: What does antediluvian usually describe?

  • An ancient fossil or remnant of a vanquished civilization.
  • Something that seems old-fashioned and perhaps outdated.
  • An individual who does not fit with his or her current culture.

Memory Hook
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Antediluvian Ann + Ted = Luv It's carved on that old tree, but that antediluvian carving is so outdated that Ann has had six other boyfriends since Ted.

Examples
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  • When traffic snarled, when an elevator was slow, when planes were delayed, the guards shook their heads and exclaimed, 'Positively antediluvian!' —The Washington Post
  • Some were written by hand, some typed on clunky Apple computers and printed out on that antediluvian computer paper we used before laser printers, the kind with little perforations along the sides. —The Washington Post
  • The most vital relic from the antediluvian world is the 'Book of Dave,' exhumed long ago from its Hampstead hiding place and worshiped as a bible by a new civilization, with Dave as its god. —The Washington Post
  • To make the obvious analogy, we used to regard the triumph of 'superior' mammals over 'antediluvian' dinosaurs as an inevitable consequence of progressive evolution. —BNET

Word Ingredients
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ante- before
di- thoroughly
luv wash
-an relating to

A “flood” “thoroughly washes” the land. The idea here is that something antediluvian is so old that it happened before the Biblical Flood.

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Antediluvian