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oblivion

[uh-bliv-ee-uh n] /əˈblɪv i ən/
noun
1.
the state of being completely forgotten or unknown:
a former movie star now in oblivion.
2.
the state of forgetting or of being oblivious:
the oblivion of sleep.
3.
official disregard or overlooking of offenses; pardon; amnesty.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin oblīviōn- (stem of oblīviō), equivalent to oblīv(īscī) to forget + -iōn- -ion; see ob-
Related forms
self-oblivion, noun
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  • Conspiracy theorists will insist that an entire population was banished to a faraway island, where they step-danced to oblivion.
  • Many came so close to making the layout but now would fade into oblivion.
  • The bottom of a moulin-a vertical shaft in the ice-opened up and sucked the entire lake into oblivion.
  • The vast majority of them sink into virtual oblivion once they are published.
  • But if watercolors are absent at those professional shows, the medium may be headed in a downward spiral toward oblivion.
  • oblivion to the effects of one's words or movement is intolerable.
  • It was for me an illustration that points to something much more powerful and important than ease of existence and then oblivion.
  • Two big, macabre, largely forgotten news stories came lurching out of oblivion together this week.
  • But all he wants to do is reclaim himself from his induced oblivion.
  • Here, oblivion appears to encroach on the protagonist and eventually stamp out all embers of emotion.
British Dictionary definitions for oblivion

oblivion

/əˈblɪvɪən/
noun
1.
the condition of being forgotten or disregarded
2.
the state of being mentally withdrawn or blank
3.
(law) an intentional overlooking, esp of political offences; amnesty; pardon
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin oblīviō forgetfulness, from oblīviscī to forget
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Word Origin and History for oblivion
n.

late 14c., "state or fact of forgetting," from Old French oblivion (13c.) and directly from Latin oblivionem (nominative oblivio) "forgetfulness; a being forgotten," from oblivisci (past participle oblitus) "forget," originally "even out, smooth over, efface," from ob "over" (see ob-) + root of levis "smooth," from PIE *lei-w-, from root *(s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky" (see slime (n.)). Meaning "state of being forgotten" is early 15c.

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