Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Death.
  • noun In Gr. myth.: The personification of oblivion, a daughter of Eris.
  • noun The river of oblivion, one of the streams of Hades, the waters of which possessed the quality of causing those who drank of them to forget their former existence.
  • noun A draught of oblivion; forgetfulness.
  • noun In entomology, a genus of nymphalid butterflies, with one species, L. europa, from the Malay archipelago.
  • An obsolete variant of lithe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Death.
  • noun (Class. Myth.) A river of Hades whose waters when drunk caused forgetfulness of the past.
  • noun Oblivion; a draught of oblivion; forgetfulness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive

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Examples

  • Greeks at the time, long before Aristotle, understood what Aletheia was, with heavy influence of what "lethe" was.

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  • About as meaningless as the word ‘freedom’ is. lethe Says:

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  • These are less confrontational and pose no legal threats lethe

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  • It accounts for concealment (lethe) in unconcealment, which in turn accounts for withholding (epechein) in the epochs.

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  • "The event of appropriation is in itself an event of expropriation; this word takes up, in a manner commensurate with the event, the early Greek lethe, in the sense of concealment."

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  • It accounts for concealment (lethe) in unconcealment, which in turn accounts for withholding (epechein) in the epochs.

    enowning

  • "The event of appropriation is in itself an event of expropriation; this word takes up, in a manner commensurate with the event, the early Greek lethe, in the sense of concealment."

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  • The link is made explicit in the first seminar where, in his analysis of repression in the Freudian sense, we come across the following observation: 'In every entry of being into its habitation in words, there's a margin of forgetting, a lethe complementary to every aletheia.

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  • The link is made explicit in the first seminar where, in his analysis of repression in the Freudian sense, we come across the following observation: 'In every entry of being into its habitation in words, there's a margin of forgetting, a lethe complementary to every aletheia.

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  • Meanwhile, Heidegger described lethe as a horizon from which things/beings emerge and to which beings rest.

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  • daimona of oblivion.

    April 7, 2008

  • Surely the most famous applications of this word are in the opening stanzas of two of Keats' Great Odes:

    Ode to a Nightingale

      

    MY heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains  

      My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,  

    Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains  

      One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:...

    Ode on Melancholy

      

    NO, no! go not to Lethe, neither twist  

      Wolf's-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine;  

    Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kist  

      By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;...

    July 2, 2014

  • He favors cold beer, crisp but yeasty,
    Sweet smoke rising, thick and wreathy,
    Til strangers seem friends
    Who'll float 'round the bends,
    Adrift with poor Ernest on the Lethe.

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    July 2, 2014

  • I know not Lethe nor Nepenthe. (It always makes me think of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.)

    July 2, 2014