oblivion

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English oblivion, from Anglo-Norman oblivion, from Latin oblīviō (forgetfulness), from oblivisci (to forget).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /əˈblɪvɪən/
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Noun[edit]

oblivion (usually uncountable, plural oblivions)

  1. The state of forgetting completely, of being oblivious, unconscious, unaware, as when sleeping, drunk, or dead.
    He regularly drank himself into oblivion.
    Only the oblivion of sleep can heal the greatest traumas.
  2. The state of being completely forgotten, of being reduced to a state of non-existence, extinction, or nothingness, incl. through war and destruction. (Figuratively) for an area like hell, a wasteland.
    Due to modern technology, many more people and much more information will not slip into oblivion, contrary to what happened throughout history until now.
    They tried to bomb them into oblivion.
    I will cast them into oblivion!
  3. (obsolete) Amnesty.

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Verb[edit]

oblivion (third-person singular simple present oblivions, present participle oblivioning, simple past and past participle oblivioned)

  1. (transitive) To consign to oblivion; to efface utterly.

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman oblivion, from Latin oblīviō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɔbˈliviun/, /ɔbˈliːviun/

Noun[edit]

oblivion (uncountable) (Late Middle English)

  1. oblivion (state of forgetting completely)
  2. oblivion (state of being forgotten)

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  • English: oblivion

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin oblīviō.

Noun[edit]

oblivion f (oblique plural oblivions, nominative singular oblivion, nominative plural oblivions)

  1. forgetfulness

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