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antediluvian

PRONUNCIATION:
(an-tee-di-LOO-vee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Extremely old; old-fashioned; primitive.

ETYMOLOGY:
The word literally means before the flood, referring to the Biblical story of Noah and his flood. From Latin ante- (before) + diluvium (flood), from diluere (to wash away), from dis- (away) + -luere (to wash), combining form of lavere (to wash). Earliest documented use: 1646. The opposite is postdiluvian.

USAGE:
"Despite the appearance of modernity, management remains antediluvian."
Asian Banks Hold on to Their Antediluvian Ways; South China Morning Post (Hong Kong); Sep 10, 1997.

See more usage examples of antediluvian in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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