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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
But as Muslim Brotherhood organizations rose politically in the aftermath of these uprisings, Qatar charted a separate course and strongly backed these groups.
The cranes were transferred to land a few days later, even as the facility struggled to deal with the aftermath of a global cyberattack that had crippled its computer systems.
At no time was that clearer than in the aftermath of the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice, ahead of the annual Congressional Baseball Game earlier this summer.
The aftermath of the relationship was way more heavily publicised than the relationship itself.
Living as a black woman in the aftermath of the presidential election, unable to block out the news cycle of police shootings, acquittals, and assaults, my nervous system is frayed enough by new and old wounds.
The first season covers different aspects of gay life in the United States, Japan, Jamaica, and Brazil, as well as a moving special presentation in which Ellen and Ian visit Orlando to pay their respects in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting.
In the aftermath of the detentions, turnover from Crown’s VIP program plummeted 45 percent in the six months ended Dec. 31. ‘
From participation to leadership Cohen and Fink have benefitted from programs installed in the aftermath of Title IX to help women advance in sports administration careers.
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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
4after + math (mowing, crop)
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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