Definition of post-bellum in English:



  • Occurring or existing after a war, in particular the American Civil War.

    ‘that post-bellum decade’
    ‘the post-bellum southern states’
    • ‘These post-bellum judgments are probably easier than the ones we are forced to make in the heat of battle; still, I want to make them explicit.’
    • ‘The post-bellum waves of immigration indicated to observant Americans that the Two Nations were no longer an old-world phenomenon, but a fact of American urban life.’
    • ‘On average then, Domesday estate production was more efficient than post-bellum Southern farms and small Californian farms in the 1970s.’
    • ‘The first might be regarded as the armistice: this is when the fighting was brought to a halt, and provisional arrangements were made about the shape of the post-bellum order.’
    • ‘As he tells the reader right from the start, he is in the ‘business’ of ‘grape-culture’, and post-bellum North Carolina offers ‘cheap labor’ - former slaves - and land that ‘could be bought for a mere song’.’
    • ‘The radicals soon made Spencer one of Alabama's first post-bellum U.S. senators, and he became the classic carpetbagger.’
    • ‘Railroad building and amusement park development flourished in the post-bellum South.’
    • ‘In the book's opening chapters, the author sets the stage for his argument about the watershed nature of the 1880s by analyzing Chicago's post-bellum history on three different levels.’
    • ‘Repudiating his blackness and able to pass as white, he disappears into the expansive promise that is the post-bellum United States, with its crowded cities and endless frontier.’
    • ‘As an African American diarist in antebellum and post-bellum America, she was a privileged individual by birth and endowment.’
    • ‘That alone should give anyone of either party pause before tacitly endorsing an attack on the post-bellum Reconstruction policies of the Republican party.’
    • ‘They note the emergence of large private business in the post-bellum U.S. following the courts' reinterpretation of shareholding companies as a legal person.’
    • ‘This is partly due to the different legal status of blacks and immigrant groups; the former as US citizens in the post-bellum era, the latter as legally or illegally residing aliens.’
    • ‘Above all, don't let racial or religious hatred destroy democratic political institutions as in the post-bellum South.’


Late 19th century: from Latin post ‘after’ + bellum ‘war’.