1. Term referring to human beings conceived of as living before the Adam of Gn; assoc. esp. with Isaac de la Peyrère (Pererius; 15941676; Bordeaux Huguenot), who held that Ro 5:1214 meant that human beings before Adam sinned, that they were the ancestors of the Gentiles, and that the Jews sprang from Adam; Peyrère later renounced the theory and became RC ca. 1657. 2. Followers of Peyrère.
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