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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 there is little data for an election conducted in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack.
Diplomatic Ties North Korea has established diplomatic ties with 164 countries since it was founded in 1948 in the aftermath of World War II, according to the National Committee on North Korea.
Makarios confirmed that the assailants stole the women’s jewelry and his contention that the men were ordered off the bus before being killed was also confirmed by a video clip purportedly in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.
Makarios confirmed that the assailants stole the women's jewelry and his contention that the men were ordered off the bus before being killed was also confirmed by a video clip purportedly taken in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.
In the aftermath of that incident, Energy Transfer Partners turned to TigerSwan — a company with a deep background in counterterrorism operations — to oversee the work of the other security companies contracted to protect the pipeline.
The saving grace in the storm's aftermath, said Pazour and Wolf, was the outpouring of volunteers who came out after the tornado, including Boy Scouts and members of the county's chapter of the American Red Cross.
The Civil War itself erupted in the aftermath of a partisan event: the election of the country’s first Republican president.
And now, thread from EW writer Anthony Breznican about a very simple, very lovely Mr. Rogers story is making it's way through Twitter in the aftermath of the Manchester bombing.
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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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