What does posthumous mean?

Definitions for posthumousˈpɒs tʃə məs, -tʃʊ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word posthumous.

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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Posthumous

    post′ū-mus, adj. born after the father's death: published after the death of the author.—adv. Post′humously. [L. posthumus, postumus, superl. of posterus, coming after—post, after.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of posthumous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of posthumous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jean Cocteau:

    One must be a living man and a posthumous artist.

  2. Washington Abe Foxman:

    No, I don't think we should so easily grant Hitler a posthumous victory.

  3. Charles Caleb Colton:

    Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who. when alive, would not have contributed.

  4. Washington Abe Foxman:

    I think what he should be saying our arms are open to you whenever your want to come ... I don't think he should urge them, no, I don't think we should so easily grant Hitler a posthumous victory.

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