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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.
the act or process of dying out; complete annihilation or extinction:
If we don't preserve their habitat, the entire species will pass into oblivion.
4.
Archaic. official disregard or overlooking of offenses; pardon; amnesty.
Origin of oblivion
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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  • That curtain of oblivion without rent or seam sinks again upon the visions of this past of mine.

    The Wanderer's Necklace H. Rider Haggard
  • Thenceforth, all these royal souvenirs had passed into oblivion.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Her novels Sab and Espatolino were popular in their day but are now fallen into oblivion.

  • We sank into oblivion until the calling-bell brought us to our feet.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • A long, precious hour was still ahead of them, rich in care-free pleasures and oblivion.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
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the state of being mentally withdrawn or blank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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