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posthumous

[ pos-chuh-muhs, -choo- ]

adjective

  1. arising, occurring, or continuing after one's death:

    a posthumous award for bravery.

  2. published after the death of the author:

    a posthumous novel.

  3. born after the death of the father.


posthumous

/ ˈpɒstjʊməs /

adjective

  1. happening or continuing after one's death
  2. (of a book, etc) published after the author's death
  3. (of a child) born after the father's death


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Derived Forms

  • ˈposthumously, adverb

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Other Words From

  • post·hu·mous·ly adverb
  • post·hu·mous·ness noun
  • non·post·hu·mous adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of posthumous1

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin postumus “last-born, born after the death of the father” (in form a superlative of posterus; posterior ); post-classical spelling with h by association with humus “ground, earth,” as if referring to burial

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Word History and Origins

Origin of posthumous1

C17: from Latin postumus the last, but modified as though from Latin post after + humus earth, that is, after the burial

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Example Sentences

Beginning with One in a Million and set to culminate with I Care 4 U and Ultimate Aaliyah, the late singer’s final two albums and posthumous compilations will appear across Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes and Deezer.

Oh, and Ono was also the co-creator of Lennon’s latest work, Double Fantasy, which would later win a posthumous Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

From Ozy

The Kowalskis turned Bob Ross’s posthumous brand into a marketing powerhouse.

Culled from recordings and interviews made during his lifetime, this posthumous self-narration of his own story lets us glean for ourselves what insight we may.

In the years since his death, there have been no shortage of retrospectives and tributes, and posthumous works from the man himself, but on July 16 a documentary about his life will be hitting theaters.

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Induction would be a fitting gesture, even now when the honor would be posthumous.

Smith, who died in 2010, has been the subject of numerous posthumous sex-abuse allegations.

Last year, his widow and his brother pulled 150 of them for posthumous publication, with a plan to release eight to 10 per year.

Last July in Moscow, Magnitsky was given a posthumous punishment for his effrontery by being put on trial for tax evasion.

He scored the posthumous Screen Actors Guild nomination, which I think could push him into the Oscars final five.

But he did not publish the sonnets until a long time afterwards, and with a success that the author declared to be posthumous.

The Waltz without opus number and the Sonata, Op. 4, are likewise posthumous publications.

He wrote as a man would dictate an essay which was to appear as a posthumous work.

We hope that this posthumous justification of the sentence is as satisfactory to the judges as it is to the criminal!

He took immediate steps to regain the possession of the deceased millionaire's property in the interest of his posthumous child.

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