The difference between belated and arrears
is that "belated" is simple past tense and past participle of belate and "arrears" is towards the rear, backwards. [14th-16th c.].
- simple past tense and past participle of belate
- Later in relation to the proper time something should have happened.
- Happy belated birthday!
- England manager Roy Hodgson instantly restored Rooney after a two-match suspension in place of Andy Carroll with orders to make a belated mark on the campaign after sitting out the draw against France and victory against Sweden.
- (obsolete) Towards the rear, backwards. [14th-16th c.]
- (obsolete) Behind time; overdue. [15th-19th c.]
- She, having well before approoved / The feends to be too cruell and severe, / Observ’d th’ appointed way, as her behooved, / Ne ever did her ey-sight turne arere […].
- In case the annuity should be arrear for sixty days being lawfully demanded, then the trustee might enter upon the premises assigned […].
- Work to be done, obligation.
- Unpaid debt.
- That which is in the rear or behind.
- I have a large arrear of letters to write.
- My own work, with its manifold arrears, took me all day to clear off.
- After World War II it took time to clear up the arrears of track maintenance on both lines and it was not until 1953 that the L.M.R. restored any two-hour schedules, the W.R. following suit a year later.