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 This could be the aftershock of the stablecoin implosion, which sowed fear and scared many investors off of cryptos. Dan Runkevicius, Forbes, 2 June 2022 On Twitter, seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said Wednesday's quake could be considered an aftershock of the one that caused the 2011 tsunami. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 16 Mar. 2022 While the aftershock of Sunday’s Oscars controversy continues to unfold, the enduring impact of the event has pushed the autoimmune disease, alopecia areata, to the forefront of health discussions. Aley Arion, Essence, 1 Apr. 2022 The earthquake was not an aftershock, Holtkamp said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2022 This is the largest quake or aftershock since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 25 and killed more than 8,000 people. The Editors, Outside Online, 12 May 2015 And in the spring of 1992, an Austin supergroup, formed in the aftershock of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s death, was awaiting the release of its first and only studio album. Hector Saldana, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Jan. 2022 Overnight earthquake kills 3 in Bali: Three people were killed, and seven more were injured when a moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia's resort island of Bali. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2021 His treatment on the plane is an emotional aftershock of his brutal imprisonment; something a little higher on the hierarchy of needs — a piece of his humanity — has been taken by the country that was supposed to restore it. Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Aftershock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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