postapocalyptic

adjective
post·​apoc·​a·​lyp·​tic | \ ˌpōst-ə-ˌpä-kə-ˈlip-tik \

Definition of postapocalyptic

: existing or occurring after a catastrophically destructive disaster or apocalypse In a postapocalyptic world where nature has become just as violent as humanity …— Gretchen Crowley postapocalyptic films [=films that are set in a postapocalyptic world]

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Other Words from postapocalyptic

postapocalypse \ ˌpōst-​ə-​ˈpä-​kə-​ˌlips \ noun
The postapocalypse has been trendy for a while, but of late, there seems to be a spate of tales of the end times, and we eat them up. — Molly Eichel

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Bird Box is a postapocalyptic thriller based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Hype Over Netflix’s Bird Box, Explained," 2 Jan. 2019 His arena of choice: Fortnite, the wildly popular battle-royal video game, set in a postapocalyptic future. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet," 28 June 2018 The dances, the alliterative place-names, the dearth of true postapocalyptic menace: these can indicate a lack of seriousness that to some seems spell-breaking. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds," 14 May 2018 The Upper Mojave Desert is like some terrifying postapocalyptic dream: abandoned gas stations covered with hieroglyphic graffiti, battered highways streaked with moldering roadkill. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rocket Man Who Wants To Beat the Billionaires," 14 Oct. 2015 Third-season premiere of the postapocalyptic martial-arts series. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "TV picks: Meghan Markle gets married (on 'Suits'), 'Westworld,' 'Handmaid's Tale' and more," 19 Apr. 2018 Not everyone pictures the same postapocalyptic landscape, of course. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "The Apocalypse Is Coming. Here’s How to Dress for It.," 21 Mar. 2018 This time, sword-wielding superhero Dani O’Malley is battling to save a postapocalyptic Dublin from a terrifying evil determined to enslave the human race. Leigh Cuen, Newsweek, "5 Female Fantasy Books Written by Women You Need to Read in 2018," 26 Feb. 2018 All-black ensembles, bedazzled sweat suits, and full-length shiny black coats just added to the postapocalyptic vibe. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "What Did Anna Wintour and Cardi B Talk About at Fashion Week?," 10 Feb. 2018

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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