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The aftermath of a storm and flood.


From after- +‎ math (a mowing), from Old English mæþ (a mowing), from Proto-Germanic *madą, *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.



aftermath (plural aftermaths)

  1. (obsolete, agriculture) A second mowing; the grass which grows after the first crop of hay in the same season.
    • 1879, Robert Louis Stevenson: Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes:
      They were cutting aftermath on all sides, which gave the neighbourhood, this gusty autumn morning, an untimely smell of hay.
  2. 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.

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