[ lee-thee ]
/ ˈli θi /
Classical Mythology. a river in Hades whose water caused forgetfulness of the past in those who drank of it.
(usually lowercase) forgetfulness; oblivion.
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Origin of Lethe
<Latin <Greek, special use of lḗthē forgetfulness, akin to lanthánesthai to forget
OTHER WORDS FROM LetheLe·the·an [li-thee-uhn, lee-thee-uhn], /lɪˈθi ən, ˈli θi ən/, Lethied, adjective
Words nearby Lethe
, Let him who is without sin cast the first stone
, let in
, let in on
, let into
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How to use Lethe in a sentence
The growl of the English mastiff and the snarl of the Scotch terrier would make a duet which would enliven the shores of Lethe.
Lethe was the river of forgetfulness, and those who drank of it forgot their former life and were ready for a new one.
Medical art brings the waters of Lethe to the bedside of woman in her hour of trial.
The loss of intellect is the Lethe, but for which the Will would remember the various manifestations it has caused.
British Dictionary definitions for Lethe
Greek myth a river in Hades that caused forgetfulness in those who drank its waters
Derived forms of LetheLethean (lɪˈθiːən), adjective
Word Origin for Lethe
C16: via Latin from Greek, from lēthē oblivion
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Cultural definitions for Lethe
In 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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