post·​hu·​mous·​ly | \ ˈpäs-chə-məs-lē How to pronounce posthumously (audio) also -tə-, -tyə-, -thə-; päst-ˈhyü-məs-, ˈpōst-, -ˈyü- \

Definition of posthumously

: after the death of the person in question a book published posthumously a medal awarded posthumously Plath's magnificent Ariel, written mostly during the final months of her life and assembled posthumously by Hughes, takes the notion of confessional poetry to verbal and imaginative extremes.— Christopher Benfey Flannery O'Connor united both traditions and is duly, albeit posthumously, celebrated.— Walker Percy

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1754, in the meaning defined above

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“Posthumously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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