[af-ter-wurd, ahf-]
a concluding section, commentary, etc., as of a book, treatise, or the like; closing statement.
Compare foreword.

1885–90; after + word

afterward, afterword. Unabridged
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afterword (ˈɑːftəˌwɜːd)
an epilogue or postscript in a book, etc

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Word Origin & History

1890, a Saxonist subsitute for epilogue; from after + word.
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Example sentences
Consider this little afterword the start of another conversation for another day.
Retribution is called for, and its afterword, tragedy.
They always had as a preface or afterword the text of an obscenity decision in which the book was exonerated and art extolled.
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