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  1. (prenominal) of or during the period after a war, esp the American Civil War
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Word Origin

C19: Latin post after + bellum war
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Historical Examples

  • The young or post-bellum Negro is steadily improving morally.

    Twentieth Century Negro Literature


  • Washington's "Latané" had post-bellum reproduction, by the graver; becoming popular and widely-known, North and South.

  • Consequently the present city is a product of the post-bellum development of Georgia.

  • The duty of carrying out the post-bellum measures had devolved upon the new cabinet.



  • The writer takes it that the young "Negro" and his father are to represent only the ante-bellum and the post-bellum Negro.

Word Origin and History for post-bellum


also postbellum, used in U.S. South from 1874 in reference to American Civil War; see post- + bellicose.

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