- arising, occurring, or continuing after one's death: a posthumous award for bravery.
- published after the death of the author: a posthumous novel.
- born after the death of the father.
Origin of posthumous
Examples from the Web for posthumous
Contemporary Examples of posthumous
Induction would be a fitting gesture, even now when the honor would be posthumous.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
Last year, his widow and his brother pulled 150 of them for posthumous publication, with a plan to release eight to 10 per year.The Drunken Downfall of Evangelical America's Favorite Painter
June 8, 2014
Last July in Moscow, Magnitsky was given a posthumous punishment for his effrontery by being put on trial for tax evasion.Don’t You Dare Call Russians Thin-Skinned!
February 5, 2014
He scored the posthumous Screen Actors Guild nomination, which I think could push him into the Oscars final five.2014 Oscar Predictions: Who Will and Who Should Be Nominated
Marlow Stern, Kevin Fallon
January 15, 2014
Until this point, author images were generally reserved for religious pamphlets and posthumous poetry collections.A Picture Says It All Or Does It? Judging an Author by Their Photo
December 10, 2013
Historical Examples of posthumous
Sir William Blackstone was the posthumous son of a silk-mercer.Self-Help
It is virtue gone to seed: it is a kind of posthumous honor.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
An Irish student was once asked what was meant by posthumous works.
Then followed the Habsburgs, Albert and his posthumous son Ladislas.From a Terrace in Prague
Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
It professed to be the posthumous work of Mirabaud, who had been secretary to the Academy.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
- happening or continuing after one's death
- (of a book, etc) published after the author's death
- (of a child) born after the father's death
Word Origin for posthumous
mid-15c., "born after the death of the originator" (author or father), from Late Latin posthumus, from Latin postumus "last, last-born," superlative of posterus "coming after, subsequent" (see posterior). Altered in Late Latin by association with Latin humare "to bury," suggesting death; the one born after the father's death obviously being the last. An Old English word for this was æfterboren, literally "after-born." Related: Posthumously.