Definition of posthumous in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpäsCHəməs/ /ˈpɑstʃəməs/

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  • 1Occurring, awarded, or appearing after the death of the originator.

    ‘he was awarded a posthumous Military Cross’
    • ‘a posthumous collection of his articles’
    • ‘‘I feel that a posthumous award of some kind would be most appropriate, although I am not sure that one exists,’ he said.’
    • ‘He did award posthumous medals of honor to the families of several soldiers on 22 April 1971 and on several other occasions.’
    • ‘She was a genius and deserves a posthumous award of some kind.’
    • ‘He was also honoured with a posthumous award for bravery.’
    • ‘Maybe it's the proper term for being awarded a posthumous honorary doctorate.’
    • ‘The divemaster was granted a posthumous award.’
    • ‘In 1632, two of Shakespeare's fellow actors published the First Folio, a posthumous collection of his works.’
    • ‘From soon after his death posthumous miracles had begun to be attributed to him, and he was officially canonised by Pope John XXII in 1320.’
    • ‘Her renown grew steadily after that, a large, posthumous retrospective of her work appearing at the Modern in 1972.’
    • ‘But a campaign to have the men granted posthumous pardons has taken a dramatic turn.’
    • ‘No more so, surely, than his concern for the posthumous publication of his works.’
    • ‘Bolingbroke's many posthumous publications excited intense controversy in the decade which immediately followed his death.’
    • ‘As he does so, however, he becomes concerned for his posthumous reputation.’
    • ‘She was a genius and deserves a posthumous award of some kind.’
    • ‘For others, however, the reasons for the posthumous fame are more complex.’
    • ‘The fact is Margaret never pretends to coherence despite her desire for posthumous fame.’
    • ‘Two Bills are now dealing with matters of posthumous citizenship are before the U.S. House of Representatives.’
    • ‘Instead they died in the line of duty and subsequently received posthumous citizenship amidst much fanfare and flag-waving.’
    • ‘Posthumous publications are ignored unless they constitute the first or a variant appearance of a poem.’
    • ‘Both women achieved posthumous fame, but the facts of their deaths are vile.’
    1. 1.1(of a child) born after the death of its father.
      ‘Newton was the posthumous son of an illiterate yeoman’
      • ‘She was born in 1888, a posthumous child, her father dying young.’
      • ‘Parliamentarians were concerned about inheritance rights in instances where a dead man's estate or property is dispersed before a posthumous child is born.’
      • ‘She bought a house and Elric was born, and passed off as a posthumous child.’
      • ‘I, being a posthumous child myself, took a more lenient view.’
      • ‘Born in London the posthumous son of a clergyman and trained by his stepfather as a bricklayer, Jonson became a mercenary, then an actor and leading playwright.’
      • ‘At the very least the man who earned the posthumous soubriquet Father of the Nation should have known.’
      • ‘He was of Border descent, but was born in or near London, the posthumous son of a clergyman.’
      • ‘One was Alexander IV, his posthumous son with a wife named Roxana.’
      • ‘Matters are complicated by the wife of his brother, who has given birth to Bobby's posthumous son, and added into the equation is their welfare.’
      • ‘As the posthumous only son of Geoffrey and Constance of Brittany, Arthur was duke of Brittany from the moment of his birth.’
      • ‘He was the posthumous son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, fourth son of Henry II, by Constance, heiress of the Dukes of Brittany.’


Early 17th century from Latin postumus ‘last’ (superlative from post ‘after’), in late Latin spelled posth- by association with humus ‘ground’.