The aftermath of a car crash might include a broken fender, a sprained rib, and a lecture from a police officer. The consequences of an unpleasant event make up its aftermath.

The math in aftermath does not refer to adding or subtracting numbers, rather it is related to a Germanic word for mowing, or harvest. If you have been mowed down by a class of excited first graders, the aftermath might be a bruised knee, a headache from all of the squealing, and red face from embarrassment.

Definitions of aftermath
  1. noun
    the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
    “the aftermath of war”
    synonyms: backwash, wake
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    type of:
    consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot
    a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
  2. noun
    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
    synonyms: consequence
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    a practical consequence that follows naturally
    comeupance, comeuppance, deserts
    an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved
    the consequence of some effort or action
    a secondary consequence
    a series of consequences wrought by an event
    payoff, reward, wages
    a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
    type of:
    final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination
    something that results
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