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1 the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event); "the aftermath of war"; "in the wake of the accident no one knew how many had been injured" [syn: wake, backwash]
2 the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual; "that result is of no consequence" [syn: consequence]

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From after + math < ; akin to m¯wan "to mow", German mahd "mowing". See mow.


  • /ˈæf.tɚˌmæθ/


  1. , or farmers' jargon: A second mowing; the grass which grows after the first crop of hay in the same season.
  2. 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.


a second mowing
that which happens after, that which follows

Extensive Definition

Aftermath is an agricultural term meaning the grass growing after the first cut of hay. It is now more commonly used figuratively to mean that which happens after a major event.
Aftermath may also refer to:






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aftermath in German: Aftermath
aftermath in French: Aftermath
aftermath in Dutch: Aftermath
aftermath in Russian: Aftermath

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