Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A consequence, especially of a disaster or misfortune: famine as an aftermath of drought.
  • n. A period of time following a disastrous event: in the aftermath of war.
  • n. A second growth or crop in the same season, as of grass after mowing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. , or farmers' jargon: A second mowing; the grass which grows after the first crop of hay in the same season.
  • n. Hence; that which happens after, that which follows. Has a strongly negative connotation in most contexts, implying a preceding catastrophe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A second moving; the grass which grows after the first crop of hay in the same season; rowen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A second mowing of grass from the same land in the same season. Also called lattermath, rowen, or rowett, and in some places, when left long on the ground, fog.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
  • n. the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual

Etymologies

after + obsolete math, mowing (from Old English mǣth; see mē-4 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From after- +‎ math (“a mowing”), from Old English mæþ ("a mowing"), from Proto-Germanic *madan, *maþō, *maþwō, *mēdō (“a mowing”), from Proto-Indo-European *(a)mē- (“to mow”). Cognate with Dutch made, mad ("area of ground cleared by a sickle"), German Mahd ("mowing"). Related to Old English māwan ("to mow"). See mow, meadow. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His coverage of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath is the reason he has lots of fans who watch his show, but actually he acts like a typical CNN talking head now!

    Think Progress » ThinkFast PM: July 5, 2006

  • The tragedy of the aftermath is almost constantly before me.

    George C. Marshall - Nobel Lecture

  • The battles Arthur fights are not romanticized, and particularly their aftermath is not romanticized: Malgwyn, the narrator, has lost a wife and an arm to the Saxons and is not, at the beginning of the book, particularly sure he thanks Arthur for saving him.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • You can buy a ticket for a fifteen minute ride but the ride aftermath is highly depressing.

    Page 2

  • "Kati With an I," an elegantly shot look at Mr. Greene's half-sister's prom preparations and the eventful aftermath, is the sort of subtly crafted film that stands to benefit from the critical attention a New York premiere can provide.

    Life as They Show It

  • Many states took steps in aftermath of Kelo to revise their e.d. statutes to either restrict e.d. to "public use" purposes only, or else to provide for better compensation terms for the taken, including more reasonable attorney & expert fees.

    Lents Park deed restriction: The plot thickens (or thins, perhaps) (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • The Iraq War and it's aftermath is a disaster for the American economy, concentrating American Taxes, Deficits, and Capitalization on production of basic non-productive product.

    Credit Bush for Recovery?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • But within Bush's life time, other American presidents just might visit Iraq as routinely as they now visit Vietnam if we manage the long term aftermath of our exit as well as we did in Southeast Asia.

    Lawrence O'Donnell: Rush Is Right

  • But also in the long term aftermath trying to develop information about the networks, who is behind them?

    CNN Transcript Nov 26, 2008

  • In the short-term aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, most programmers have handled the situation deftly.

    Must The Show Go On?

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  • I like the etymology of this: after-mowing, regrowth of grass after a harvest in early Summer.

    January 13, 2009