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1. Occurring or continuing after one's death: a posthumous award.
2. Published after the writer's death: a posthumous book.
3. Born after the death of the father: a posthumous child.

[Middle English posthumus, from Late Latin, alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin humus, earth or humāre, to bury) of postumus, superlative of posterus, coming after; see posterior.]

post′hu·mous·ly adv.
post′hu·mous·ness n.


the fact of being posthumous
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Rachel does not yet belong to the past; but Silver Roses is a posthumous work, and posthumousness is the first stage of becoming part of the past, part of literature, which is what every serious poet hopes for.
As G iuseppe Mazzotta (11) suggested "the dreamy immobility of Ravenna, the quality of posthumousness it conveyed, was the right place for .
Wilfred Owen, for example, who published only five poems before his death in battle one week before the end of the war, could be said to be defined by his posthumousness, his public literary career emerging, Geoff Dyer suggests, not so much as protest to the nation's official rites of remembrance but rather as one of the coordinates: "the Unknown Soldier and the poet everyone knows" (Dyer 29).