Lethe

Lethe

[lee-thee]
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

Lethean [li-thee-uhn, lee-thee-uhn] , Lethied, adjective
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Lethe (ˈliːθɪ)
 
n
1.  Greek myth a river in Hades that caused forgetfulness in those who drank its waters
2.  forgetfulness
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek, from lēthē oblivion]
 
Lethean
 
adj

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Lethe
1560s, river of Hades, whose water when drunk caused forgetfulness of the past, from Gk. lethe, lit. "forgetfulness, oblivion," related to lethargos "forgetful," lathre "secretly, by stealth," lathrios "stealthy," lanthanein "to be hidden." Cognate with L. latere "to be hidden" (see latent).
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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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