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

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 How to pronounce postapocalypse (audio) \ 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 All these different characters and communities are consumed by the kind of postapocalyptic stress that usually leads to conflict. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Last of Us Part II Tests the Limits of Video-Game Violence," 1 July 2020 The Last of Us, Part 2 looks to be … a dark, brutal meditation on violence and power in a postapocalyptic landscape. Julie Muncy, Wired, "The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020," 11 Jan. 2020 Every year in the city of New Babyl, the last living colony on a postapocalyptic Earth, a handful of musically gifted 16-year-olds are chosen to represent their districts in a competition called The Exemplar. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Utopia Falls Is a Bold Attempt to Make a Better YA Dystopia," 13 Feb. 2020 Death Stranding - Kojima Productions, Nov. 8, 2019 Norman Reedus plays Sam Porter Bridges, a courier in a postapocalyptic version of America. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why More Stars Are Joining Video Games (It's Not Just a Paycheck)," 15 Nov. 2019 And this year, the Palme d’Or went to Parasite, the seventh feature from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, whose recent films include the postapocalyptic Snowpiercer and the unnerving slaughterhouse drama Okja. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Gripping Class Horror of Parasite," 10 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of postapocalyptic

1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Postapocalyptic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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