Posthumous Definition

pŏschə-məs
adjective
Born after the father's death.
Webster's New World
Arising, continuing, or coming to pass after one's death.
A posthumous award.
Webster's New World
Published after the author's death.
Webster's New World
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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Synonyms:
postmortalpostmortem

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

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