posthumous[päs′cho̵o məs, -tyo̵o-]
- A child who is born after his father died is an example of a posthumous child.
- An award given after a person's death is an example of a posthumous award.
The definition of posthumous is something that happens after your death.
- born after the father's death
- published after the author's death
- arising or continuing after one's death
Origin of posthumousLate Latin posthumus, for Classical Latin postumus, after death, origin, originally , last, superlative of posterus (see posterior): altered in Late Latin by associated, association with humus, ground or humare, to bury (as if meaning “born after the father is buried”)
- Occurring or continuing after one's death: a posthumous award.
- Published after the writer's death: a posthumous book.
- Born after the death of the father: a posthumous child.
Origin of posthumousMiddle English posthumus, from Late Latin, alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin humus, earth or humāre, to bury) of postumus, superlative of posterus, coming after; see posterior.
- (originally) Born after the death of one's father.
- Posthumous orphans never even knew their fathers.
- After the death of someone
- The posthumous Medal of Honor was given to the family of the soldier who died in battle.
- Usage note: Posthumous awards are made when the intended recipient dies as a result of the action which merits the award. Even a short time lag between the action and the decision may cause the award to be conferred after death or there may be a longer delay such as when a review board decides to confer an award decades after a war has ended but such awards while they may be post mortem (literally, "after death") are not posthumous awards.
- Taking place after one's own death
- Artists obscure during their life often receive posthumous recognition, too late for them to enjoy.
- In reference to a work, published after the author's death.
- His memoirs were his posthumous revenge on enemies he dared not take on alive.