[ 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
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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!
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.
Had Juliet so seen her love tokens dishonoured the sooner would she have sought the lethean herbs of the good apothecary.
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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