posthumous

[ pos-chuh-muh s, -choo- ]SEE DEFINITION OF posthumous

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Sir William Blackstone was the posthumous son of a silk-mercer.

It is virtue gone to seed: it is a kind of posthumous honor.

An Irish student was once asked what was meant by posthumous works.

Then followed the Habsburgs, Albert and his posthumous son Ladislas.

It professed to be the posthumous work of Mirabaud, who had been secretary to the Academy.

With a posthumous essay on instinct by Charles Darwin, 1883.

Never was a man dealt with more generously by posthumous fame.

Harvey himself was but the posthumous child of the great Elizabethan period.

It would be quite like the fellow to have this posthumous wipe at Simon.

But he missed his vocation, he missed everything but posthumous honors.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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postmortem

adjectivefollowing death
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