The first word that came to me was aftermath. But it doesn't quite do it. Because aftermath refers to the "lingering" effects and what I'm looking for is the memory, the shadow.

Is there a word/phrase for that?

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    The closest I can think of is remorse, but that implies a feeling of guilt. – IBG Jan 22 '15 at 8:40
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    I hate to over-use the word, Jano, but, "traumatic" memory is the closest term that comes readily to mind – user98990 Jan 22 '15 at 8:47
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    In AmE, we say "[It] left a bad taste in our mouths". – Dan Bron Jan 22 '15 at 9:59
  • What's wrong with 'shadow' (or 'echo')? "Shadows|Echoes of the event clouded his every waking moment"... – Marv Mills Jan 22 '15 at 13:51
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    haunting memories – ermanen Jan 22 '15 at 19:15

If the memory is upsetting:


  • Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment.

(from TFD)

  • I'm not sure that "Anguish" connotes memory or recollection. – Irefuteitthus Jan 22 '15 at 9:35
  • The mental suffering can be originated by a tormenting memory, a regret!! – user66974 Jan 22 '15 at 9:40

Flashback can be used in that sense - with appropriate context. It is often used to describe vivid, traumatic memories - like those of a soldier, for instance.

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