- Classical Mythology. a river in Hades whose water caused forgetfulness of the past in those who drank of it.
- (usually lowercase) forgetfulness; oblivion.
Origin of Lethe
Examples from the Web for lethe
Lethe felt that there was a passion that night riding her; a passion that far surpassed her own.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
For past the valley of Sleep flow the waters of Lethe, the river of Forgetfulness.A Book of Myths
In the cares of a busy world, he may find a draught of the waters of Lethe.The Young Maiden</p>
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
When I was born no pitying angel dipped my spirit-fire in Lethe.Semiramis and Other Plays
Olive Tilford Dargan
The theatres are dull as Lethe, and politics have lost their salt.Orley Farm</p>
- Greek myth a river in Hades that caused forgetfulness in those who drank its waters
Word Origin and History for 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.