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See also: post-humous


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From Latin posthumus, a variant spelling of postumus, superlative form of posterus (coming after), the ⟨h⟩ added by association with humus (ground, earth) referring to burial.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈpɒs.t͡ʃə.məs/, /ˈpɒs.t͡ʃʊ.məs/
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  • Hyphenation: pos‧thum‧ous


posthumous (not comparable)

  1. After the death of someone.
  2. Taking place after one's own death.
    Artists obscure during their life often receive posthumous recognition, too late for them to enjoy.
  3. In reference to a work, published after the author's death.
    His memoirs were his posthumous revenge on enemies he dared not take on alive.
    • 2012 April 17, Alex Macpherson, “Tupac's hologram reflects another milestone in his mythology”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Eight posthumous albums have been released to date – two more than the man managed in his lifetime – often with conspiracy-baiting titles such as Still I Rise and Tupac Resurrection.
  4. In reference to a musical opus, published or initially performed after the composer's death.
  5. (originally) Born after the death of one's father.
    Posthumous orphans never even knew their fathers.



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