post·​apoc·​a·​lyp·​tic ˌpōst-ə-ˌpä-kə-ˈlip-tik How to pronounce postapocalyptic (audio)
: 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]
postapocalypse 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

Examples of postapocalyptic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Homestead, about the actions of a small town when the world erupts in postapocalyptic chaos, launches Dec. 20. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2024 Fichtner will appear in the postapocalyptic film St. Sebastian and provide the voice of John G. Nicolay (President Lincoln's private secretary) in the historical film The Gettysburg Address. Chris Snellgrove,, 25 Feb. 2024 Like the previous Quiet Place films, Day One presents a postapocalyptic world where making the slightest sound summons bloodthirsty alien creatures hellbent on destruction. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 The show is a ritual — a series of rituals, in fact, though the context is not ancient but postapocalyptic. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 25 Jan. 2024 Many people speculate that the site will become some sort of postapocalyptic bunker in case of civilization collapse. Guthrie Scrimgeour, WIRED, 14 Dec. 2023 Her audience’s eyes were still recovering from her high-wire gyrations, her postapocalyptic backup ravers, and her many, many lasers. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 15 Dec. 2023 On the elevator shaft, someone had drawn murals reminiscent of the postapocalyptic video game Fallout. Abe Streep, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 Its iconic palm trees jut out of the water like props in a postapocalyptic movie. Ismail Muhammad, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of postapocalyptic was in 1956

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“Postapocalyptic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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