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the old Adam

The evil or reckless side of human nature, as attributed to the Biblical Adam (who disobeyed God's orders). I'm so sorry I yelled at you like that—the old Adam really got a hold of me there. The old Adam is in each of you, but do not succumb to it. Turn away from sin, children.
See also: Adam, old

the old Adam

unregenerate human nature.
In Christian symbolism, the old Adam represents fallen man as contrasted with the second Adam , Jesus Christ.
1993 Outdoor Canada It is the Old Adam in us. We are descendants of a long line of dirt farmers, sheepherders…and so forth.
See also: Adam, old
References in classic literature ?
"Nay," quoth old Adam o' the Dell presently, drawing a long breath and shaking his head as he spoke, "twoscore years and more have I shot shaft, and maybe not all times bad, but I shoot no more this day, for no man can match with yon stranger, whosoe'er he may be." Then he thrust his shaft into his quiver, rattling, and unstrung his bow without another word.
[83] This description applies to old Adam in As You Like It.
You have not only got the old Adam in yourself against you, but you have got all those descendants of the original Adam who form the society around you.
No amount of contempt that you can pour upon me, Tess, will equal what I have poured upon myself--the old Adam of my former years!
Seven year old Adam finished second for yet another one-two for Oman drivers at the UAE championship.
Oman's youngest karting whizkid, six year old Adam Awan, stood overall second in the 5-8 years Bambino category of the UAE Rotax Max Challenge which concluded at the Al Ain Race Way in UAE last weekend.
The deceased was identified as 40-year old Adam Khan whereas 25-year old Shaukat was killed while two others were injured near Dhobi Ghat area of Garden.
Water is thus the most apt sign to signify the imparting of the supernatural life of grace, supernatural cleansing and purification, and a spiritual dying to the old Adam and a rising in Christ.
Paul knows that although the intellect may confess Jesus as Lord and acknowledge God as the Giver of every good gift, the "flesh," what Luther called the "old Adam," desires its own glorification and gratification.
Arbery founds his essay on "The Displaced Nativity in Cymbeline" upon the thesis that though the conjunction of Cymbeline's reign and the birth of Christ is nowhere mentioned in the text itself, it was well-enough known to support an allegorized reading of the play in which its events are "displacements" of Christian story (Iachimo's encounter with Imogen in her bedchamber is, improbably one might think, a version of the Annunciation, Cloten is the "old Adam," and so on).
the old Adam; the offending Adam Adam, as the head of unredeemed man, stands for " original sin, " or " man without regenerating grace.
SIR - What has poor old Adam Price MP done to deserve personally abusive tongue-lashings from two Rhondda Labour sources - Chris Bryant and Ken Hopkins?
Funnyman Jim Carrey definitely has a bit of the old Adam in him.
The car hit 18-year- old Adam as he cross- ed New Hey Road in Salendine Nook at 10.30am on Tuesday, March 6.