Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Entry: antebellum (adj.)

In context: "'I can't see the Séperatisteurs considering Québec a true part of Canada any more than Lesotho saw himself as part of SOUTHAF.  Poutrincourt keeps thumping the fact that there's no valid comparison between Québec and our own antebellum South.'"

Definition: Previous to the war, i.e. spec. the American civil war (1861–5), the S. African war (1899– 1902), or either of the wars of 1914–18 and 1939–45.

Other: Etymology:  Latin phr., ‘before the war’, used attrib. or as adj.

SNOOT score: 1
 
Page: 1014

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   


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