lethe

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See also: Lethe and Léthé

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin Lēthē, from Ancient Greek Λήθη (Lḗthē, forgetfulness).

Noun[edit]

lethe (usually uncountable, plural lethes)

  1. Forgetfulness of the past; oblivion.
  2. Dissimulation
    • Shakspeare, Antony and Cleopatra
      The conquering wine hath steept our sense
      In soft and delicate lethe.
    • 1980, Joseph J. Kockelmans, On Heidegger and Language, Northwestern University Press (→ISBN), p. 241:
      What does it mean to say that the stream of silence originates in lethe? It means, above all, that the stream has its source (Quelle) in that which has not yet been said and which must remain unsaid: the "unsaid."

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Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly influenced by Latin lētum.

Noun[edit]

lethe (usually uncountable, plural lethes)

  1. (obsolete, rare) Death. (Shakespearean)
    • Shakespeare, The Life and Death of Julius Caesar (1623) iii. i. 207:
      Here wast thou bay’d, brave hart, Here didst thou fall: and here thy hunters stand, Sign'd in thy spoil, and crimson'd in thy lethe.

References[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for lethe in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

lethe (plural lethes)

  1. Alternative form of lyth

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Old Irish[edit]

Noun[edit]

lethe

  1. Alternative spelling of leithe

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
lethe
also llethe after a proclitic
lethe
pronounced with /l(ʲ)-/
lethe
also llethe after a proclitic
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.