I'd like to use a synonym for "aftermath" without the negative connotation. My context is a wedding ceremony or party, and "everybody is still hyped up in its [aftermath]."

I can be flexible, so the answer doesn't have to fit exactly into the template "in its ____".

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    You limit your choices with the construction, "in its _____". Perhaps if you relax the construction, other ways of expressing the idea might come to mind. For example, you might consider "in the excitement left over from the party". You could look for a phrase to replace "left over".
    – TimR
    Sep 3, 2017 at 10:57
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    @Tᴚoɯɐuo, yes, I initially mentioned that I didn't mind flexibility, but I guess that part was edited out of the post, so... :/ Thanks for your idea! I'll look into "left over".
    – Kal
    Sep 3, 2017 at 21:48
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    Do you specifically mean the celebration after the wedding ceremony ('reception') or the general period of say a few days or so after the wedding? Oct 4, 2017 at 5:52
  • @DavidBodow, I mean the general period after both the ceremony and reception. It's a grand event, so the euphoria lingers on after the big day :)
    – Kal
    Oct 27, 2017 at 17:05

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'Wake' works. It's more neutral than positive, but the meaning should be clear.

... everybody is still hyped up in its wake.

  • However, 'wake' also often refers to a funeral or vigil after a death and could therefore have negative connotations. Oct 4, 2017 at 5:50
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    True, but not quite. Wake in that sense refers to the party after a death - celebrating the person's life - and is a helping mechanism to overcome the grief. The association with death could be perceived negatively, but the effects of the wake itself are positive.
    – mcalex
    Oct 4, 2017 at 5:58
  • While some wakes may be positive celebrations of the deceased's life, overall, I see the main activity being mourning-centered / negative (via a sense of loss). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake_(ceremony) Oct 4, 2017 at 6:09

You may be interested in the word "aftereffect."

Also, "aftermath" does not necessarily have a bad connotation. I learned the word from a book in which the main character deals with the aftermath of escaping from some bandits and making off with their money.


You can use the prefix "post-_____" ; which means after in time or sequence; following; subsequent.

post-wedding ceremony


Backwash, wake, and consequence come to mind.

I think all three basically mean the same thing. For instance:

"In the wake of the scandal, the President resigned from office."

"In the aftermath of the scandal, the President resigned from office."

"In the backwash of the scandal, the President resigned from office."

"As a consequence of the scandal, the President resigned from office."

The word "aftereffect" could be used; however, it usually means that there was a delay involved in the response:

"As an aftereffect of his 1998 conviction, the felon was unable to find a job upon his release from prison in 2017 for two years."

As for your example, these ones don't necessarily have negative connotations; they are somewhat neutral:

"Everybody is still hyped up in its wake."

"Everybody is still hyped up as a consequence of the wedding."

"Everybody is still hyped up in its backwash."

"Afterglow" could work herein as well. It has only a positive connotation:

"Everybody is still hyped up in its afterglow."


This isn't an exact fit, but the word works for the given sentence.

Everybody is still hyped up in its afterglow.

Afterglow -- M-W

noun 2. a pleasant effect or feeling that lingers after something is done, experienced, or achieved.
Basking in the afterglow of success.

  • after-party
  • afterwards
  • the festivities that followed
  • both parties were really one big party
  • the emotion carried forward

You could use Post, Momentarily, Suddenly, Further on, On wards, After an hour, Afterglow, Corollary, Out come, End result, Follow up etc. This all mean, after an event or stage throughout the current era or you are in, that resumes/ continues throughout all History/ Antiquity.

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    I don't see how any of your eleven different answers fits the requirement in the question.
    – Chenmunka
    Oct 12, 2017 at 10:11

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