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postbellum Syllabification: post·bel·lum
Pronunciation: /pōstˈbeləm/

Definition of postbellum in English:


Occurring or existing after a war, in particular the American Civil War.
Example sentences
  • The post-bellum waves of immigration indicated to observant Americans that the Two Nations were no longer an old-world phenomenon, but a fact of American urban life.
  • As an African American diarist in antebellum and post-bellum America, she was a privileged individual by birth and endowment.
  • That alone should give anyone of either party pause before tacitly endorsing an attack on the post-bellum Reconstruction policies of the Republican party.


Late 19th century: from Latin post 'after' + bellum 'war'.

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