Classical Mythology. a river in Hades whose water caused forgetfulness of the past in those who drank of it.
(usually lowercase) forgetfulness; oblivion.
- Le·the·an [li-thee-uhn, lee-thee-uhn], /lɪˈθi ən, ˈli θi ən/, Lethied, adjective
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How to use Lethe in a sentence
O'er me, Lethean darkness, creep Unfelt as tides through dead men's bones!The Burning Wheel | Aldous Huxley
He was taunted and barked at and dogged so constantly that no Lethean waters could wash out the maddening memory.Under the Stars and Bars | Walter A. Clark
This blank tract of repulsive land, so strangely dedicated to death, had lost every hint of Lethean likeness.An Ambitious Woman | Edgar Fawcett
Had Juliet so seen her love tokens dishonoured the sooner would she have sought the lethean herbs of the good apothecary.The Four Million | O. Henry
It is not a vulgar sensuality, a Lethean torpor; the triumph of the grosser nature over the eternal principle within.
British Dictionary definitions for Lethe
Greek myth a river in Hades that caused forgetfulness in those who drank its waters
- Lethean (lɪˈθiːən), adjective
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Cultural definitions for Lethe
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