af·​ter·​shock | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌshäk How to pronounce aftershock (audio) \

Definition of aftershock

1 : an aftereffect of a distressing or traumatic event
2 : a minor shock following the main shock of an earthquake

Examples of aftershock in a Sentence

The first aftershock came just minutes after the earthquake.
Recent Examples on the Web A year and two months since the coronavirus paralyzed the nation and drove record unemployment, the U.S. is emerging from the aftershock of the pandemic crisis. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 Kanye started appearing on the show more (the aftershock of the robbery was a major story line in season 13). Allison P. Davis, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2021 Lawmakers spent $5 trillion to dig the nation out of the economic hole created by the virus, and almost as a political aftershock, enacted an expansion of the social safety net larger than any seen since the creation of Medicare nearly 60 years ago. David E. Sanger,, 12 Mar. 2021 The earthquake was an aftershock of the 7.1 earthquake that struck just north of Anchorage more than two years ago. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Apr. 2021 The earthquake was not an aftershock, said Stephen Holtkamp, a researcher at the earthquake center. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2021 The long cultural aftershock of the resurrection of the Son of God seems to be receding in the West, however, as suggested by surveys of American religious habits. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 4 Apr. 2021 But the aftershock of being fired from his own band via email haunts the EP's most powerful moments. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2021 This was followed by a 2.5 magnitude aftershock that was recorded only minutes later near to where the initial quake struck. Jon Haworth, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of aftershock

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aftershock

after- + shock entry 1

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The first known use of aftershock was in 1847

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9 Jun 2021

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“Aftershock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aftershock

: a smaller earthquake that occurs after a larger one

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