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[af-ter-wurd, ahf-]
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  1. a concluding section, commentary, etc., as of a book, treatise, or the like; closing statement.
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Origin of afterword

First recorded in 1885–90; after + word
Can be confusedafterward afterword
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addendum, appendix, epilogue, index, supplement, afterword

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  1. an epilogue or postscript in a book, etc
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Word Origin and History for afterword


1890, a Saxonist subsitute for epilogue; from after + word (n.).

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