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antediluvian (adj) very ancient; outdated (of ideas, methods, things, etc.); old fashioned.

Antediluvian things are those belonging to a period of long, long ago. An antediluvian structure is a building of centuries ago and not suitable for modern living. Antediluvian methods of treatment are medical procedures which are totally outdated and no longer followed. Witchcraft and black magic used to treat diseases may be described as antediluvian. The conservative opinions of a person who refuses to change with the times are referred to as antediluvian.

  • The objects of a bygone age, preserved in the museum, tell us a lot about the antediluvian mode of travel of those days.
  • Superstitious people still believe in antediluvian methods of treatment like bloodletting and leeching.
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