Antebellum Definition

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.
American Heritage
Before the war; specif., before the American Civil War.
Webster's New World

Of the time period prior to a war.

A renewed sense of national pride arose in Hitler's antebellum Germany.

In the United States of America, of the period prior to the American Civil War, especially in reference to the culture of the southern states.

Slavery was an accepted part of antebellum plantation life.

Origin of Antebellum

  • From the Latin phrase ante bellum (literally “before the war”), from ante (“before”) + bellum (“war”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin ante bellum before the war ante before ante– bellum war

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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