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Lethe

[lee-thee] /ˈli θi/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a river in Hades whose water caused forgetfulness of the past in those who drank of it.
2.
(usually lowercase) forgetfulness; oblivion.
Origin
< Latin < Greek, special use of lḗthē forgetfulness, akin to lanthánesthai to forget
Related forms
Lethean
[li-thee-uh n, lee-thee-uh n] /lɪˈθi ən, ˈli θi ən/ (Show IPA),
Lethied, adjective
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Lethe

/ˈliːθɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a river in Hades that caused forgetfulness in those who drank its waters
2.
forgetfulness
Derived Forms
Lethean (lɪˈθiːən) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek, from lēthē oblivion
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Word Origin and History for let-hied

Lethe

river of Hades (whose water when drunk caused forgetfulness of the past), from Greek lethe, literally "forgetfulness, oblivion," related to lethargos "forgetful," lathre "secretly, by stealth," lathrios "stealthy," lanthanein "to be hidden." Cognate with Latin latere "to be hidden" (see latent). Related: Lethean.

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Lethe [(lee-thee)]

In classical mythology, a river flowing through Hades. The souls of the dead were forced to drink of its waters, which made them forget what they had done, said, and suffered when they were alive.

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