American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being completely forgotten: "He knows that everything he writes is consigned to posterity (oblivion's other, seemingly more benign, face)” ( Joyce Carol Oates).
- n. The act or an instance of forgetting; total forgetfulness: sought the great oblivion of sleep.
- n. Official overlooking of offenses; amnesty.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being forgotten or lost to memory.
- n. The act or fact of forgetting; forgetfulness.
- n. A forgetting of offenses, or remission of punishment. An act of oblivion is an amnesty or general pardon of crimes and offenses granted by a sovereign, by which punishment is remitted.
- n. Synonyms Oblivion, Forgetfulness, Obliviousness. Oblivion is the state into which a thing passes when it is thoroughly and finally forgotten. The use of oblivion for the act of forgetting was an innovation of the Latinizing age, which has not won recognition, nor has the “Act of Oblivion” given oblivion currency in the sense of official or formal pardon. Forgetfulness is a quality of a person: as, a man remarkable for his forgetfulness. If forgetfulness is ever properly used where oblivion would serve, it still seems the act of a person: as, to be buried in forgetfulness. Obliviousness stands for a sort of negative act, a complete failure to remember: as, a person's obliviousness of the proprieties of an occasion.
- n. The state of forgetfulness or distraction.
- n. The state of being completely forgotten.
- n. A state of permanent unconsciousness existing after death
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of forgetting, or the state of being forgotten; cessation of remembrance; forgetfulness.
- n. Official ignoring of offenses; amnesty, or general pardon.
- n. total forgetfulness
- n. the state of being disregarded or forgotten
- From Anglo-Norman oblivion ( = Old French oblivion), from Latin oblīviō ("forgetfulness"), from oblivisci ("to forget"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin oblīviō, oblīviōn-, from oblīvīscī, to forget; see lei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Why you want to maintain the same rhetoric that brought your party to oblivion is beyond me.”
“This whole cycle of redistricting either party into oblivion is petty and foolish.”
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