Definitions

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  • adverb At a later or succeeding time.

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  • adverb temporal location At a later or succeeding time.

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  • adverb happening at a time subsequent to a reference time

Etymologies

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From Old English æfteweard ("behind") + -s ("(adverbial genitive)"). Surface analysis is after +‎ -ward +‎ -s.

Examples

  • But, as a rule, if she did or said the wrong thing, she became painfully conscious of the fact immediately afterwards -- indeed, it was generally _afterwards_ that she grasped the full meaning of most things.

    Ideala

  • Hence S. Augustine [143]: "When He says the former is _to be sought first_ (namely the kingdom of God), He means that the latter (namely temporal good things) are to be sought afterwards; not _afterwards_ in point of time, but _afterwards_ in point of importance; the former as our good, the latter as our need."

    On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

  • Perola was afterwards obliged by his father to pay his homage to Hannibal; but as he bad imbibed the fentimcnts of Magius, he afterwards* formed a defign to ftab the Carthaginian general at an entertainment.

    An universal history, from the earliest accounts to the present time

  • It is not unlikely that, in that day, lands so brought into cultivation were designated as "terre Flandrenses," and the term afterwards anglicised into

    Notes and Queries, Number 65, January 25, 1851

  • Christopher himself ever took up the title, and what became of the title afterwards?

    Notes and Queries, Number 53, November 2, 1850

  • Well had his troops earned the title afterwards given them at Pekin, of the Ever-Victorious Army.

    The Red Book of Heroes

  • TM: For you, does the concept come first, and the title afterwards?

    Opera Today

  • TM: For you, does the concept come first, and the title afterwards?

    Opera Today

  • Either way, picture the vignettes described by each mnemonic as vividly as you can for at least five seconds, making sure to translate back and forth between the image and the word afterwards.

    The power of mnemonics

  • She was in what he called afterwards "a regular state."

    The Man Whom the Trees Loved

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