aftermath

noun af·ter·math \ -ˌmath \

Definition of aftermath

1 :a second-growth crop called also rowen
2 :consequence, result
  • stricken with guilt as an aftermath of the accident
3 :the period immediately following a usually ruinous event
  • in the aftermath of the war

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Examples of aftermath in a Sentence

  1. the surgery was successful, but she now had to deal with its aftermath: a huge bill

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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)

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AFTERMATH Defined for English Language Learners

aftermath

noun

Definition of aftermath for English Language Learners

  • : the period of time after a bad and usually destructive event


AFTERMATH Defined for Kids

aftermath

noun af·ter·math \ ˈaf-tər-ˌmath \

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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