afterworld

noun
af·ter·world | \ -ˌwərld \

Definition of afterworld 

: a future world : a world after death

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Twilight has fallen on the venerable American trickster, who in our Trumpian afterworld of alternative facts has come to seem more sordid than subversive. Julian Lucas, New York Times, "The Russian Comic Writer Who’s an Antidote to Mad Times," 2 May 2018 Soon enough, the high-foreheaded mutineer is lashed to a fence, snarling madly like all the other post-death humans in this plague smitten afterworld. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Negan cleans house: 5 thoughts recapping the season's next-to-last 'Walking Dead' episode," 9 Apr. 2018 Most happily -- spoiler alert -- the show finally let on that somebody in this apocalyptic afterworld is thinking about a future beyond the next battle. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Future shock: Sunday's 'Walking Dead' finally hints at a bigger purpose," 19 Mar. 2018 Lewis imagined a spiritless afterworld full of gray people who chose not to submit to God; eternal separation from the Lord’s love represented a punishment as tragic as any that could be devised. By Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Megachurch pastor in ‘The Christians’ provokes this unanswerable question," 21 Sep. 2017 In Bangkok, residents have folded more than 10 million flowers made of sandalwood, whose scent is believed to guide souls to the afterworld. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Thailand Prepares for a King’s $90 Million Cremation Ceremony," 25 Oct. 2017 Lewis imagined a spiritless afterworld full of gray people who chose not to submit to God By Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Megachurch pastor in ‘The Christians’ provokes this unanswerable question," 21 Sep. 2017 Zappers seem to bring out a particularly bloodthirsty element in their owners, many of whom describe zapping bugs into the afterworld with great relish. Rebekah Kebede, The Atlantic, "Does Electrifying Mosquitoes Protect People From Disease?," 5 May 2017 Saunders gives us three tour guides to explain the rules of this afterworld. Colson Whitehead, New York Times, "Colson Whitehead on George Saunders’s Novel About Lincoln and Lost Souls," 9 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of afterworld

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterworld

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