Lethe [ lee-thee ] SHOW IPA / ˈli θi / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Classical Mythology a river in Hades whose water caused forgetfulness of the past in those who drank of it. ( usually lowercase) forgetfulness; oblivion. RELATED WORDS unconsciousness
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Latin < Greek, special use of lḗthē forgetfulness, akin to lanthánesthai to forget Related forms Le·the·an , [li- thee- uh n, lee-thee- uh n] /lɪˈθi ən, ˈli θi ən/ Le·thied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lethe Lethe felt that there was a passion that night riding her; a passion that far surpassed her own.
In her dream the sea had been as
Lethe, the stretch of waters a flood submerging all the past and burying the homes of memory. Lethe lake, a lake or river of Hades, whose water brought oblivion or forgetfulness to all who drank of it.
I wish it was like that magical fountain of
Lethe, and that a draught from it could make me forget my old life. British Dictionary definitions for lethe noun Greek myth a river in Hades that caused forgetfulness in those who drank its waters forgetfulness Derived Forms Lethean ( lɪˈθiːən), adjective Word Origin for Lethe
C16: via Latin from Greek, from
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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.
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Culture definitions for lethe
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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