Definition of aftermath in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɑːftəmaθ//ˈɑːftəmɑːθ/


  • 1The consequences or after-effects of a significant unpleasant event.

    ‘food prices soared in the aftermath of the drought’
    • ‘Authorities would have new powers to declare a regional state of emergency in the aftermath of a major terror alert.’
    • ‘The international laws that served us in the aftermath of the Second World War are overdue for reform.’
    • ‘The ultimate concern, however, is to get a country back on to its feet in the aftermath of conflict.’
    • ‘Somehow, in the aftermath of this shocking event, life has to go on for the couple.’
    • ‘The mother of a teenager who died following a moped accident is pleading for calm in the aftermath of his death.’
    • ‘She was devastated and traumatised in the aftermath of the landslide.’
    • ‘The club now hopes to attract new members after many left in the aftermath of the fire.’
    • ‘Those living in the aftermath of a coup d' etat, by contrast, have no expectation of political agency.’
    • ‘European leaders made all the right noises in the aftermath of Tuesday's events.’
    • ‘He said that mobile communications crashed in the aftermath of the explosions.’
    • ‘Conditions remain tough in the white sands resort in the aftermath of the hurricane.’
    • ‘Counselling in the aftermath of traumatic events can worsen stress and hinder recovery.’
    • ‘There are reports of two controlled explosions in the aftermath of the bombing.’
    • ‘Shares in London recouped the losses suffered in the aftermath of the attack and oil prices had steadied.’
    • ‘Historically, change has happened only in the aftermath of a major crisis.’
    • ‘The novel follows a farming family's fight for survival in the aftermath of the foot and mouth epidemic.’
    • ‘In the aftermath of the mudslide major excavation works were carried out on the pitch.’
    • ‘In the aftermath of these two events, she went through a period of anorexia and terrible confusion.’
    • ‘It wasn't just the issue of collusion that exploded in the aftermath of the war.’
    • ‘In the aftermath of many storms, the hardest hit areas can have their water mains shut down.’
    repercussions, after-effects, by-product, fallout, backwash, trail, wake, corollary
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  • 2Farming
    New grass growing after mowing or harvest.

    • ‘Proper use of slurry and fertilizer are essential to the recovery of silage aftermaths right now.’
    • ‘In early August they commenced the grass harvesting operation on second cut aftermath, with fresh cut grass made available at both milkings to all cows.’
    • ‘As silage aftermath becomes available it provides an opportunity to turn attention towards the grazing areas.’
    • ‘Milking cows will currently have access to around 130 acres of grazing, which includes 60 acres of pasture that has been grazed since turnout in early May, plus 30 acres of first cut aftermath and a further 40 acres of second cut aftermath introduced in early August.’
    • ‘Grazing must take priority through the summer months, with the grazing rotations extended across second-cut aftermaths to compensate for slower growth as grass hits the mid-season trough.’


Late 15th century (in aftermath (sense 2)): from after (as an adjective) + dialect math ‘mowing’, of Germanic origin; related to German Mahd.