- The definition of an aftermath is the consequence of a situation, often one that is destructive.
An example of an aftermath is the flattening of buildings and destruction of infrastructure after an earthquake.
aftermath definition by Webster's New World
- a second crop, as of grass that grows after the earlier mowing
- a consequence of, or a state of affairs resulting from, something, esp. something destructive or unpleasant
Origin: after plush obsolete math, cutting of grass ; from Old English mæth ; from māwan, to mow, with -th suffix
aftermath definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A consequence, especially of a disaster or misfortune: famine as an aftermath of drought.
- A period of time following a disastrous event: in the aftermath of war.
- A second growth or crop in the same season, as of grass after mowing.
Origin: after + obsolete math, mowing (from Old English mǣth; see mē-4 in Indo-European roots).