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  • adj. Of or relating to the period before the fall of Adam and Eve.

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  • adj. Of, or relating to the period of innocence before the Fall of man; innocent, unspoiled.

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  • adj. of or relating to the time before the Fall of Adam and Eve


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

pre- + Latin lāpsus, fall; see lapse + -arian.

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From pre- +‎ Latin lapsus ("fall") +‎ -arian.


  • If few would wish to return to the limitations of that era, it is our awareness of their subsequent fate that allows us to cherish the seaside resort of yesteryear as a kind of prelapsarian realm of carefree fun.

    Britons renew their love of seaside resorts as cost of holidays abroad soars

  • For a generation raised on divorce, the Trillins — who married in 1965, just before the marriage-hopping baby boomers came of age — represent a kind of prelapsarian parental ideal.

    Calvin Trillin Loves His Wife

  • But if her details at times defy belief, Schneider captures extremely well the spirit of a certain kind of prelapsarian camp experience, a combination of agony and exuberance.

    2007 July 17 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • And by all accounts, it's been restored to look just like its old, "prelapsarian" self.

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  • Those four magical, prelapsarian days of Berber hospitality were the inspiration for Aisha's redemptive journey in my third novel, Greater Love.

    Where I find inspiration …

  • The thoughtful, never too literal visual narrative employed Viola's characteristic imagery of water, fire, sea, night-time forests, distant horizons which come slowly nearer, and humans in ritualistic or biblically inspired poses: prelapsarian, baptismal, transcendent.

    Tristan und Isolde; LSO/Gergiev

  • There was a lot to the atmosphere, not least the pungent dark tobacco in Gauloises and Gitanes cigarettes, the smell of which lingered everywhere in those prelapsarian days.

    When the Going Was Good

  • He himself is abjectly fallen, yet he retains a strange prelapsarian innocence and honesty.

    Living Among the Outcasts; a Shattered Family

  • Lifting the crushing debt burden off Irish, Portuguese and Greek shoulders is what's needed to take these economies back to a prelapsarian idyll.

    Ruby Slippers or an Endless Lent?

  • The work does not wax nostalgic for some prior, idyllic, prelapsarian climate but rather accepts imperfection as a given of the human condition.

    James Scarborough: Lisa Adams and the Spirituality of Imperfection


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  • Have we hit the ground yet?

    December 16, 2008

  • What if you don't believe in the fall of humankind, either?

    December 16, 2008

  • prelapsarian - characteristic of or belonging to the time or state before the fall of humankind

    More accurate, for those of us who aren't firm believers in Adam and Eve. :)

    December 16, 2008

  • Good idea, adoarns!


    December 19, 2007

  • This begs to be put in a list with antediluvian, edenic, arcadian, pre-nine-eleven, xanadu, shangri-la, and others.

    December 19, 2007