Definitions for posthumousˈpɒs tʃə məs, -tʃʊ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. posthumous(adj)

    occurring or coming into existence after a person's death

    "a posthumous award"; "a posthumous book"; "a posthumous daughter"


  1. posthumous(Adjective)

    Born after the death of one's father.

    Posthumous orphans never even knew their fathers.

  2. posthumous(Adjective)

    Taking place after one's own death.

  3. posthumous(Adjective)

    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.

  4. Origin: From posthumus, a variant spelling of postumus, superlative form of posterus ("coming after"), the "h" added by association with ("ground, earth") referring to burial.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Posthumous(adj)

    born after the death of the father, or taken from the dead body of the mother; as, a posthumous son or daughter

  2. Posthumous(adj)

    published after the death of the author; as, posthumous works; a posthumous edition

  3. Posthumous(adj)

    being or continuing after one's death; as, a posthumous reputation

  4. Origin: [L. posthumus, postumus, properly, last; hence, late born (applied to children born after the father's death, or after he had made his will), superl. of posterus, posterior. See Posterior.]

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