Meaning of diluvial in English:


Pronunciation /dʌɪˈl(j)uːvɪəl/ /dɪˈl(j)uːvɪəl/

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  • Relating to a flood or floods, especially the biblical Flood.

    ‘These numbers defy uniformitarian mechanisms and are much more consistent with a diluvial mechanism.’
    • ‘Leading catastrophists such as them promoted the so-called diluvial theory, which accounted for many geological phenomena by the action of the biblical flood.’
    • ‘There is that fishy loophole in the whole diluvial death wish.’
    • ‘After all, Bollywood musicals possess the same excessive sentiment and diluvial instrumentation as the modern American musical, but seldom does the former give way to maudlin or milquetoast outcomes.’
    • ‘His vocals alone possess so much diluvial strength that the ocean of queer chants, orchestral washes, and electronic elements of the album are rendered unnecessary.’


Mid 17th century from late Latin diluvialis, from diluvium ‘deluge’, from diluere ‘wash away’.