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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
Recent Examples of aftermath from the Web
In the aftermath of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, the Broward school district has tried to keep information from the public and put out untrue and misleading statements, frustrating parents who say this is the time for transparency.
Nuaymi, a lecturer at the University of Mosul, said the marginalization of the Sunnis can be traced back to U.S. policy in the aftermath of the war that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.
In the aftermath of the April 2015 troubles in Baltimore, there had been a lot of talk about addressing poverty, high unemployment, blight and the lack of decent, affordable housing.
In the aftermath of Standing Rock, Indigenous activists have put their efforts toward supporting women candidates at all levels of government.
However, thanks to solid defense, opportunistic offense and poise in the aftermath of a lengthy lightning delay, the Lightning prevailed.
Finger: Not in the aftermath of Justify’s win in the Kentucky Derby, not in the leadup to it, and not at any point in at least the last 40 years.
The department has seen three commissioners since 2015 in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who was killed after being transported by police.
And in his second session as speaker, Corcoran took on the National Rifle Association, working with the governor and Senate to push through the first gun control measures in decades in the aftermath of the Parkland shootings.
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Breaking Down aftermath
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
matter of course;
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
- She felt tired as an aftermath of the long race.
- the aftermath of a hurricane
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