The consequences or effects that follow an event, especially a significant or unfortunate event.
Late middle english: from after + math "mowing" (referred to the grass mown after the harvest), later "result", "consequence".
- The aftermath of the hurricane left many people homeless.
- The aftermath of the war brought about widespread destruction and suffering.
- The aftermath of the financial crisis was a period of high unemployment.
- The aftermath of the fire was widespread damage.
- The aftermath of the election was widespread public discontent.