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 postapocalyptic (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 Watching a postapocalyptic film more than a year into a global pandemic is an exercise in the uncanny. Jerrine Tan, Wired, 16 June 2021 Lepucki’s take on the postapocalyptic genre briefly came to fame in the context of Amazon’s notorious dispute with the publishing conglomerate Hachette over e-book pricing. Mark Mcgurl, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 One of Sweet Tooth’s greatest strengths is its ability to infuse postapocalyptic horror with wonder and delight, which prevents the show from becoming too bleak and heavy. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 5 June 2021 For the saddest vision of the current purgatory of multiplex moviegoing, a visit to the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square reveals a postapocalyptic setting in need of characters. New York Times, 28 May 2021 Our world is obviously nothing like the devastated, postapocalyptic ruin onscreen, but after a year in which so many of us wound up having to exercise the more paranoid, survivalist sides of our personalities, this sort of thing just hits different. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 29 May 2021 This is the starting point of Usoni, the first postapocalyptic video game produced in Africa. Clément Girardot, Wired, 20 May 2021 In Ling Ma’s lucid, postapocalyptic debut, Severance, there is Candace Chen, who keeps showing up to work even as the world is ravaged by a catastrophic unknown virus and her colleagues die off. Lovia Gyarkye, The New Republic, 20 May 2021 The lyrics are quite appropriate for the movie, with David Byrne singing from the perspective of somebody living in a postapocalyptic setting. James Grebey, Vulture, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of postapocalyptic

1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Postapocalyptic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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