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DELUGE

The biblical account of God's punishment of humankind by incessant rain that finally destroyed all except those persons who were with Noah in the ark (Genesis 6-9). The Deluge need not, however, have physically covered the whole earth. (Etym. Latin diluvium, flood, a washing away.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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