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post- +‎ war


post-war (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to a period of time immediately following the end of a war; where there is a cessation of conflict.
    1. After the most recent or significant war in a culture's history.
    2. After the end of World War II in 1945.
      • 2014 October 26, Jeff Howell, “Is the Japanese knotweed threat exaggerated? Our troubleshooter calls for calm about Japanese knotweed in the garden – and moss on the roof [print version: Don't panic about an overhyped invasion, 25 October 2014, p. P13]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Property)[1]:
        Some old, underfired clay pantiles might be damaged by button mosses rooting in cracks and fissures. But most post-war tiles are hard enough to withstand a bit of moss growth.
      • 2020 July 29, Paul Stephen, “A new collaboration centred on New Street”, in Rail, page 54:
        [...] after the original Victorian station was demolished and then entombed in concrete in the 1960s, Birmingham New Street became a byword for the worst excesses of the much-loathed Brutalist architecture so widely used to reconstruct inner-city post-war Britain.

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With reference to the World Wars, post-war (after the end of World War II in 1945) is contrasted with interwar (between the end of World War I in 1918 and the outbreak of World War II in 1939) and pre-war (before the outbreak of World War I in 1914; or, depending on context, before the outbreak of World War II).

In Western context, post-war generally refers to the period of time since the end of World War II, and often coincides with the ambiguous term post-modern. In other countries it may refer to other major wars.



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