from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Lethe; resembling in effect the water of Lethe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the river Lethe; inducing forgetfulness or oblivion.


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  • In our mother-tongue prevails the same principle of dualism, the same conflict of elements, which not all the lethean baptism of the

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 38, December, 1860

  • Oh, for some lethean draught that I might drink and forget!

    The Hidden Hand

  • Had Juliet so seen her love tokens dishonoured the sooner would she have sought the lethean herbs of the good apothecary.

    The Four Million

  • Yet she had again dared to call herself happy; united to her admirer, to him who possessed and filled her whole heart, she yielded to the lethean powers of love, and knew and felt only his life and presence.

    The Last Man

  • [(palliative, no lethean balm; and when it can endure its own suffering) 9.6 (s without incessant torments,)] TJ

    Drelincourt and Rodalvi; or, Memoirs of Two Nobel Families


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  • (adjective) - (1) Pertaining to the river Lethe; hence, pertaining to or causing oblivion or forgetfulness of the past.

    --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1908

    (2) Oblivious; from Lethe, one of the rivers of hell. From Greek letho, old form of lanthano, to forget.

    --Daniel Lyons' American Dictionary of the English Language, 1897

    (3) Deadly, mortal, pestiferous.

    --Thomas Blount's Glossographia, 1656

    January 16, 2018

  • Sometimes I feel as though I've had too much Lethe water....

    May 20, 2008

  • Oblivious, from Lethe, one of the rivers of hell, said to cause forgetfulness of the past to all who drank it's waters.

    From greek Letho, old form of Lanthano: to forget

    Daniel Lyon, Dictionary of the English Language, 1897

    May 20, 2008