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[af-ter-teyst, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌteɪst, ˈɑf-/
a taste remaining after the substance causing it is no longer in the mouth.
the remaining sensation following an unpleasant experience, incident, etc.:
the aftertaste of a bad marriage.
Origin of aftertaste
1820-30; after + taste Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aftertaste
  • Purists value sourwood honey for its distinctive flavor, floral with a deep, almost burnt-butter aftertaste.
  • The article gives a bitter bias aftertaste in that does not validate its arguments with facts.
  • Forceful, strident but with poor aftertaste and ultimately bad for the liver.
  • Smoke gave the cool air a faintly burned flavor, an aftertaste of ash.
  • The only really consistent effect of zinc lozenges reported by quality studies is a bitter, medicinal aftertaste.
  • It is made from bitters and herbs, and though it goes down relatively smooth, the aftertaste kicks and lingers.
  • Perhaps prone to a certain sense of wonder, leading to wanderlust with an idealistic aftertaste.
  • His films never create a mood, an internal weather, an aftertaste.
  • It's rarely used alone, since it packs a particularly bitter aftertaste.
  • It usually is tasteless, but may be recognized at times by a salty aftertaste.
British Dictionary definitions for aftertaste


a taste that lingers on after eating or drinking
a lingering impression or sensation
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aftertaste in Medicine

aftertaste af·ter·taste (āf'tər-tāst')
A taste persisting in the mouth after the substance that caused it is no longer present.

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