- 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
Examples from the Web for lethean
What Lethean waters were these floods of telegraphed intelligence!Sister Carrie
No; unless in that land, whither her face is set, she find the fabled Lethean stream.The Death Shot
O'er me, Lethean darkness, creep Unfelt as tides through dead men's bones!The Burning Wheel
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
- Greek myth a river in Hades that caused forgetfulness in those who drank its waters
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.