Posthumous meaning

pŏs'chə-məs
Born after the father's death.
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Born after the death of the father.

A posthumous child.

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The definition of posthumous is something that happens after your death.

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.

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Published after the author's death.
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Arising, continuing, or coming to pass after one's death.

A posthumous award.

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(originally) Born after the death of one's father.

Posthumous orphans never even knew their fathers.

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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.

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Taking place after one's own death.

Artists obscure during their life often receive posthumous recognition, too late for them to enjoy.

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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.

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Occurring or continuing after one's death.

A posthumous award.

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Published after the writer's death.

A posthumous book.

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Origin of posthumous

  • Middle English posthumus from Late Latin alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin humus earth) (or humāre to bury) of postumus superlative of posterus coming after posterior
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin posthumus, a variant spelling of postumus, superlative form of posterus ("coming after"), the "h" added by association with humus ("ground, earth") referring to burial.
    From Wiktionary