adjective Etymology: Latin posthumus, alteration of postumus late-born, posthumous, from superlative of posterus coming after — more at posterior Date: 1619 1. born after the death of the father 2. published after the death of the author 3. following or occurring after death <
posthumous fame
posthumously adverbposthumousness noun

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