Vocabulary in Context. AP English Lit. & Comp. Context. To understand and absorb new vocabulary, you need to look at th e entire context of the word, considering the following: Denotation Connotation Etymology. Denotation.
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2. diluvian – means “flood” (think dilute, deluge)
The selection of this word over other synonyms (like prehistoric, primitive, or old) adds an element of hyperbole and humor by saying that they pants are so old them must have survived the Biblical flood.