Definitions

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  • noun The time to come; the future.

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  • noun dated The future. At a later time.

Etymologies

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From after + time.

Examples

  • In the aftertime the world will be the better for it.

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  • In the aftertime the world will be the better for it.

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  • A long time she sat upon the stool 191 without speaking because of her sorrow, and greeted no one by word or by sign, but rested, never smiling, and tasting neither food nor drink, because she pined with longing for her deep-bosomed daughter, until careful Iambe — who pleased her moods in aftertime also — moved the holy lady with many a quip and jest to smile and laugh and cheer her heart.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • It can not do so without temperatures rising — as they have cyclically in the past, time aftertime.

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  • What we may call the Panamanian-Chinese Code, or the beginning of one, is likely to rank in the aftertime as an institute of high and permanent importance, its regulative prescriptions beneficently influential century after century and from end to end of the world.

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  • And they sped to the tribe of the haughty Cephallenians, the people of patient-souled Odysseus whom in aftertime Calypso the queenly nymph detained for Poseidon.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • What we may call the Panamanian-Chinese Code, or the beginning of one, is likely to rank in the aftertime as an institute of high and permanent importance, its regulative prescriptions beneficently influential century after century and from end to end of the world.

    From the NYT Archives: The Yellow Peril, 1906

  • Then was her aftertime until she could follow him down; and in spite of faxes and diaries and every other crutch humankind has invented, I think he slowly became a blur, never altogether to be summoned forth except perhaps in sleep.

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  • The principles of elective and hereditary power, blended in reluctant union in his person, like the red and white roses of York and Lancaster, may postpone to aftertime the last conflict to which they must ultimately come.

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  • Iambe -- who pleased her moods in aftertime also -- moved the holy lady with many a quip and jest to smile and laugh and cheer her heart.

    Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

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