- 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.
- 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 of aftermathafter + obsolete math, cutting of grass ; from Old English mæth ; from māwan, to mow, with -th suffix
- 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 of aftermathafter + obsolete math, mowing (from Old English m&aemac;th; see mē-4 in Indo-European roots).
- Hence; that which happens after, that which follows. Has a strongly negative connotation in most contexts, implying a preceding catastrophe.
- In contrast to most projections of the aftermath of nuclear war, in this there is no rioting or looting.
From after- + math (“a mowing”), from Old English mæþ (“a mowing”), from Proto-Germanic *madą, *maþō, *maþwō, *mēdō (“a mowing”), from Proto-Indo-European *(a)mē- (“to mow”). Cognate with Dutch made, mad (“area of ground cleared by a sickle”), German Mahd (“mowing”). Related to Old English māwan (“to mow”). See mow, meadow.