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Examples of aftermath in a sentence
the surgery was successful, but she now had to deal with its aftermath: a huge bill
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In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Mattis commanded the Marines who launched an early amphibious assault into Afghanistan and established a U.S. foothold in the Taliban heartland.
Still, economic surveys have mainly shown resilience in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.
In the event’s aftermath, as a backwash of depressed Irishry sloshed around the MGM Grand, the question arose: Had the UFC blown it, lost money, in its pursuit of the spectacular?
Bolted to the steep hills overlooking the waterfront mansions where wealthy Cariocas chose to live, these higgledy piggledy shacks perch precariously, as if jumbled in the aftermath of an earthquake.
As with the experience of Kargbo, the aftermath of detention and deportation is invisible to most policymakers and members of the public.
On Wednesday night during his nightly KPRC-AM program one of the station’s most-enduring personalities, Outlaw Dave Andrews, detailed the run-up and aftermath of the events on that cloudy, rainy day a decade ago.
Whether or not the French were involved, in the aftermath of Boganda's death, a much more compliant, Francophile government was installed.
The collectivist cult of personality Lamb creates in the aftermath of Rapture's destruction is so clearly inspired by real-life monsters responsible for the death of millions (i.e. Stalin, Mao) that there's little payoff.
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Did You Know?
Aftermath dates to the late 1400s and was originally an agricultural term. Its two parts are transparent—but only if you're familiar with an ancient word math that is now used only in British dialectal English and that means "a mowing of a grass or hay crop" and also refers to the crop that is gathered. The original aftermath came, of course, after the math: it was historically the crop of (usually) grass cut, grazed, or plowed under after the first crop of the season from the same soil. It wasn't until the mid-late 1600s that aftermath developed its other meanings, both of which are now far more common than the first.
Origin and Etymology of aftermath
4after + math (mowing, crop)
First Known Use: 15th century
AFTERMATH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aftermath for English Language Learners
: the period of time after a bad and usually destructive event
AFTERMATH Defined for Kids
Definition of aftermath for Students
1 : a result or consequence She felt tired as an aftermath of the long race.
2 : the period of time following a bad and usually destructive event the aftermath of a hurricane
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