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. Origin of Lethe
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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Lethean waters were these floods of telegraphed intelligence!
No; unless in that land, whither her face is set, she find the fabled
Lethean darkness, creep Unfelt as tides through dead men's bones!
He was taunted and barked at and dogged so constantly that no
Lethean waters could wash out the maddening memory.
This blank tract of repulsive land, so strangely dedicated to death, had lost every hint of
Lethean likeness. British Dictionary definitions for lethean 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 lethean
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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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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