post·​bel·​lum | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈbe-ləm How to pronounce postbellum (audio) \

Definition of postbellum

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the period following a war and especially following the American Civil War

Examples of postbellum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kelley’s career, together with that of his yet more radical daughter, Florence, epitomized the emerging cause of social democracy in the postbellum political world. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 21 June 2021 This was the dawning of a new and fragile postbellum pluralism, grounded not in pure reason but in mutual détente. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 The pair launched their House of Aama label in 2015 to explore the maternal ties that have bound African American and diasporic families, starting with the folklore of the postbellum South. Alex Harrington, Vogue, 28 Oct. 2020 But to millions of other Americans, the flag is a source of anguish as a symbol of a war ignited by the South's desire to save slavery and due to its postbellum adoption by the Ku Klux Klan. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of postbellum

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for postbellum

Latin post bellum after the war

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“Postbellum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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