Origin of amnesia
Examples from the Web for amnestic
Contemporary Examples of amnestic
Key actions: Thinking fond, amnestic thoughts about the last snow day.So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm
Kelly Williams Brown
February 15, 2014
Word Origin for amnesia
"causing loss of memory," 1879, from Greek amnestia "oblivion, forgetfulness;" see amnesia.
"loss of memory," 1786 (as a Greek word in English from 1670s), Modern Latin, coined from Greek amnesia "forgetfulness," from a-, privative prefix, "not" (see a- (3)) + mimneskesthai "to recall, cause to remember," a reduplicated form related to Greek mnemnon "mindful," mneme "memory," mnasthai "to remember;" from PIE root *men- "to think, remember" (see mind (n.)).
A loss of memory, especially one brought on by some distressing or shocking experience.