In the aftermath of war.
Famine as an aftermath of drought.
An example of an aftermath is the flattening of buildings and destruction of infrastructure after an earthquake.
Other Word Forms
Origin of aftermath
- after obsolete math mowing (from Old English mǣth mē-4 in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.