to be of older date than; precede in time: The Peruvian empire antedates the Mexican empire. (def 1). to assign to an earlier date: to antedate a historical event. to cause to return to an earlier time: to antedate one’s thoughts by remembering past events. to cause to happen sooner; accelerate: The cold weather antedated […]
of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8. very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive: antediluvian ideas. a person who lived before the Flood. a very old or old-fashioned person or thing. Contemporary Examples Put aside an invincibly ignorant Rick Perry or the antediluvian Ron Paul, who would abolish […]
- Antediluvian patriarch
See under (def 1).
the male head of a family or tribal line. a person regarded as the father or founder of an order, class, etc. any of the very early Biblical personages regarded as the fathers of the human race, comprising those from Adam to Noah (antediluvian patriarchs) and those between the Deluge and the birth of Abraham. […]