ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: prelapsarian

prelapsarian (prē′lăp-sâr′ē-ən), adj.

Characteristic of or belonging to the time or state before the fall of man.

Most dictionaries specify that this refers to the Fall of man - the Fall of Adam and Eve - and historically this is a theological term.
But, being a heathen, I am more familiar with it in reference to the prelapsarian sense of peace and harmony implied in Tolkein's works,
or the restoration of prelapsarian, neo-Luddite grace assumed in some post-apocalyptic fantasies,
or the prelapsarian harmony associated with raising all one's own food (a laudable but operose goal).

Etymology:  1800s, Latin, from pre- (before) + lapsus (slip, fall, fall into error; same root as 'lapse') + -ian (pertaining to)
Tags: adjective, latin, p, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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