Aftermath meaning

ăftər-măth
A consequence, especially of a disaster or misfortune.

Famine as an aftermath of drought.

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A period of time following a disastrous event.

In the aftermath of war.

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A second growth or crop in the same season, as of grass after mowing.
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A second crop, as of grass, that grows after an earlier mowing.
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A consequence of, or a state of affairs resulting from, something, esp. something destructive or unpleasant.
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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.

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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.

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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.

    From Wiktionary