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From ob (over) + root of levis (smooth), from Proto-Indo-European *ley-w-, from the Proto-Indo-European root *(s)ley- (slime, slimy, sticky). More at limus (mud). From the same Proto-Indo-European root is Latin oblino (I daub over, I besmear).

Another possibility is the conjunction of ob (over) + līvor, līveō ("to become dark"), hence, to have the mind darkened, forget; to forget.



oblīvīscor (present infinitive oblīvīscī, perfect active oblītus sum); third conjugation, deponent

  1. I lose remembrance of, forget.
  2. I forget, disregard, omit, neglect.


   Conjugation of obliviscor (third conjugation, deponent)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present oblīvīscor oblīvīsceris, oblīvīscere oblīvīscitur oblīvīscimur oblīvīsciminī oblīvīscuntur
imperfect oblīvīscēbar oblīvīscēbāris, oblīvīscēbāre oblīvīscēbātur oblīvīscēbāmur oblīvīscēbāminī oblīvīscēbantur
future oblīvīscar oblīvīscēris, oblīvīscēre oblīvīscētur oblīvīscēmur oblīvīscēminī oblīvīscentur
perfect oblītus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect oblītus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect oblītus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present oblīvīscar oblīvīscāris, oblīvīscāre oblīvīscātur oblīvīscāmur oblīvīscāminī oblīvīscantur
imperfect oblīvīscerer oblīvīscerēris, oblīvīscerēre oblīvīscerētur oblīvīscerēmur oblīvīscerēminī oblīvīscerentur
perfect oblītus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect oblītus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present oblīvīscere oblīvīsciminī
future oblīvīscitor oblīvīscitor oblīvīscuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives oblīvīscī oblītus esse oblītūrus esse oblītum īrī
participles oblīvīscēns oblītus oblītūrus oblīvīscendus

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  • obliviscor” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.