af·ter·word | \ -ˌwərd \

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addendum, appendix, supplement


foreword, introduction, preface, prologue (also prolog)

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The novel has a foreword by an eminent critic and an afterword by the author herself. the author included an afterword about developments in cancer treatment since the book was written

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Adding that afterword, DeWitt writes her struggles into the history of her novel. James Wood, The New Yorker, "Helen DeWitt Has Your Number," 27 Oct. 2017 At the other extreme, the exquisite silence of the plates in lavish monographs is sometimes protected by only the slimmest prefaces or afterwords. Geoff Dyer, New York Times, "The Magic of Books Where Photography Meets Essays," 18 Apr. 2018 Walton follows each story with a brief afterword elaborating on some combination of its origins and publication history, often debating whether the work is, in fact, a story. Amal El-mohtar, New York Times, "The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy," 21 Feb. 2018 The afterword of the report was written by Happer of Princeton. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Scientists Favor Transparency, but Say EPA Plan Will Limit It," 25 Apr. 2018 Her husband, actor Patton Oswalt, has written the afterword. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "5 new books not to miss this week, including self-help by Maria Shriver," 25 Feb. 2018 In his afterword, Oswalt — who has agreed to undertake publicity duties for Dark — hints that the next generation of GSK sleuths may be close to home. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "How Patton Oswalt, friends brought his late wife's book about a serial killer to fruition," 26 Feb. 2018 Interestingly, in his afterword Mr. Hofmann reveals himself to be one of Jolas’s few defenders. Amanda Demarco, WSJ, "‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ Review: A Low-Life for the Ages," 23 Mar. 2018 Ten years later, Graham updated the final chapters and added a new afterword for the book, published in 2007. Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY, "Billy Graham reached millions through his crusades. Here's how he did it," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of afterword

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of afterword was in 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of afterword

: a final section that comes after the main part of a book

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