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, 2015 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, 2015 at 8:47
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    In AmE, we say "[It] left a bad taste in our mouths".
    – Dan Bron
    Jan 22, 2015 at 9:59
  • What's wrong with 'shadow' (or 'echo')? "Shadows|Echoes of the event clouded his every waking moment"...
    – Marv Mills
    Jan 22, 2015 at 13:51
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    haunting memories
    – ermanen
    Jan 22, 2015 at 19:15

2 Answers 2


If the memory is upsetting:


  • Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment.

(from TFD)

  • I'm not sure that "Anguish" connotes memory or recollection. Jan 22, 2015 at 9:35
  • The mental suffering can be originated by a tormenting memory, a regret!!
    – user66974
    Jan 22, 2015 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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