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From fore- +‎ math (a mowing), by analogy with aftermath.


foremath (plural foremaths)

  1. A first mowing; that which is gleaned from a first or prior mowing.
    • 1989, Richard P. Blackmur, James T. Jones, Outsider at the heart of things:
      [] the accidents of itinerary — everything that can be overheard or spied out: everything (in a phrase he used in one of his poems) between the foremath and the aftermath, the early growth and the after growth of the intended harvest.
  2. What precedes or produces a particular outcome; events that have yet to occur, or are in the process of occurring.
    • 1920, Rupert Hughs, What's the World Coming To?[1], Digitized edition, Harper & Brothers, published 2006, page 104:
      The aftermath of glory and the foremath of peace would not blend.
    • 1967, Edgar M. Horwood, American Society of Planning Officials[2], Digitized edition, published 2006, page 1:
      I shall ask you to view these remarks in the of "foremath" note rather than a preface or introduction, which imply a knowledge of what follows. I am using the word "foremath" to suggest what precedes without the knowledge of what follows.
    • 1995, William T. Golden, Science and Technology Advice to the President, Congress[3], Transaction Publishers, →ISBN, page 191:
      After delaying the decision for three years, the President eventually endorsed the concept in the foremath of the 1984 Presidential election, ...


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