Etymology
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Words related to post-

postdiluvial (adj.)

also post-diluvial, "existing or occurring after the deluge," 1823, from post- + diluvial. Earlier was postdiluvian (1670s).

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posterior (adj.)

1530s, "later in time," from Latin posterior "after, later, behind," comparative of posterus "coming after, subsequent," from post "after" (see post-). Meaning "situated behind, later in position than another or others" is from 1630s. Related: Posterial.

posterity (n.)

"a person's offspring, descendants collectively," late 14c., posterite, from Old French posterité (14c.), from Latin posteritatem (nominative posteritas) "future, future time; after-generation, offspring;" literally "the condition of coming after," from posterus "coming after, subsequent," from post "after" (see post-). Old English words for this included æftercneoreso, framcynn.

postern (n.)

c. 1300 (mid-13c. in surnames), "side door, small entranceway, private door," from Old French posterne "side or rear gate," earlier posterle, from Late Latin posterula (Medieval Latin posterna) "small back door or gate," diminutive of Latin posterus "that is behind, coming after, subsequent," from post "after" (see post-).

post-glacial (adj.)

"subsequent to the Ice Age," 1855, from post- + glacial.

post-graduate (adj.)

also postgraduate, 1858, in reference to a course of study pursued after graduation, originally American English, from post- + graduate (adj.). As a noun, "one studying after graduation," attested from 1890. Abbreviation post-grad is recorded from 1950.

post-impressionism (n.)

style of painting favored in the early 20c., emphasizing structural form of the subject over natural appearance, 1910, from post- + impressionism. Related: Post-impressionist.

postlude (n.)

1821, in music, an organ piece at the end of a church service, from post- + ending abstracted from prelude. General sense of "afterword, conclusion" is by 1928.

post-millennial (adj.)

also postmillennial, "relating to what may occur in the period following the millennium," 1831, from post- "after" + millennial; chiefly in reference to the Protestant doctrine that the second coming of Christ will occur after, not at, the Christian millennium. Related: Post-millennialism; post-millennialist.

post-modern (adj.)

also post-modern, post modern, by 1919, in frequent use from 1949, from post- + modern. Of architecture from 1940s; specific sense in the arts emerged 1960s (see postmodernism).

But it has been only during the later decades of the modern era — during that time interval that might fairly be called the post-modern era — that this mechanistic conception of things has begun seriously to affect the current system of knowledge and belief; and it has not hitherto seriously taken effect except in technology and in the material sciences. [Thorstein Veblen, "The Vested Interests and the Common Man," 1919]
So much for the misapplied theory which has helped set the artist's nerves a-quiver and incited him to the extremes of post modern art, literary and other. [Wilson Follett, "Literature and Bad Nerves," Harper's, June 1921]

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