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something that results or follows from an event, especially one of a disastrous or unfortunate nature; consequence:
the aftermath of war; the aftermath of the flood.
a new growth of grass following one or more mowings, which may be grazed, mowed, or plowed under.
Contemporary Examples

Brunet says that so far they have spoken to 80 witnesses and are poring over some video of the crash and its aftermath.
‘It Was Like Hiroshima’: A Tour Through the Quebec Town Destroyed by a Runaway Train Christine Pelisek July 14, 2013

Certainly now when here are, in the aftermath of The Giver, a number of dystopian novels, which involve a great deal of violence.
A Trailblazer in YA Dystopian Fiction: An Interview With ‘The Giver’ Author Lois Lowry Marianne Hayes August 11, 2014

She asked him if there was a difference in how men and women responded in the aftermath?
Two Decades After Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Made the Nation Thrive Nina Strochlic April 1, 2014

These details from the weeks before my birth only hint at the effect that the Kennedy era had on a child born in its aftermath.
My Man Crush on JFK, Jr. Mark Katz July 15, 2009

In some cases, the aftermath of disasters can cripple the very infrastructure that would enable recovery.
Three Years After Gulf Oil Spill, Money Continues to Flow to Region Filipa Ioannou July 28, 2013

Historical Examples

Probably their conversation was the aftermath of a cabinet meeting.
From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life Captain A. T. Mahan

But in her sweet way she had given him her woman’s aftermath of love.
Viviette William J. Locke

As the war dance was the call to battle, this was the aftermath.
Trails Through Western Woods Helen Fitzgerald Sanders

The aftermath, however, does not come up to the expectations of the good Medium.
The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani

Daoud felt that now, in the aftermath of frenzy, their flesh was melting and flowing together and becoming one.
The Saracen: The Holy War Robert Shea

signs or results of an event or occurrence considered collectively, esp of a catastrophe or disaster: the aftermath of war
(agriculture) a second mowing or crop of grass from land that has already yielded one crop earlier in the same year

1520s, originally a second crop of grass grown after the first had been harvested, from after + -math, a dialectal word, from Old English mæð “a mowing, cutting of grass” (see math (n.2)). Figurative sense by 1650s. Cf. French regain “aftermath,” from re- + Old French gain, gaain “grass which grows in meadows that have been mown,” from a Germanic source, cf. Old High German weida “grass, pasture”


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