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Antediluvian Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    antediluvian adj
  1. of or relating to the period before the Biblical flood; "Antediluvian man" [syn: antediluvial]
  2. so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period; "a ramshackle antediluvian tenement"; "antediluvian ideas"; "archaic laws" [syn: antiquated, archaic] n
  3. any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Deluge [syn: antediluvian patriarch]
  4. a very old (or old fashioned) person
Antediluvian Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Antediluvian \An`te*di*lu"vi*an\, a. Of or relating to the period before the Deluge in Noah's time; hence, antiquated; as, an antediluvian vehicle. -- n. One who lived before the Deluge.
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The antediluvian (or pre-diluvian) period  – meaning "before the deluge"  – is the period referred to in the Bible between the Creation of the Earth and the Deluge (flood). The story takes up chapters 1-6 (excluding the flood narrative) of Genesis. In popular culture, the term is used to refer to any ancient and murky period.

In the Christian Bible, the antediluvian period begins with the Creation according to Genesis and ends with the destruction of all life on the earth except those saved with Noah in the Ark 1,656 years later.

The Bible speaks of this era as being a time of great wickedness. There were Gibborim (giants) in the earth in those days as well as Nephilim; some translations identify the two as one and the same. The Gibborim were unusually powerful; Genesis calls them "heroes of old, men of renown;" (Enoshi Ha Shem). The antediluvian period ended when God sent the Flood to wipe out all life except Noah, his family, and the animals they took with them. Nevertheless, the Nephilim (literally meaning 'fallen ones', from the Hebrew root n-f-l 'to fall') reappear much later in the Biblical narrative, in Numbers 13:31-33 (where the spies sent forth by Moses report that there were Nephilim or "giants" in the Promised Land).

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