Origin of Lethe
Examples from the Web for lethean
No; unless in that land, whither her face is set, she find the fabled Lethean stream.The Death Shot|Mayne Reid
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.
This blank tract of repulsive land, so strangely dedicated to death, had lost every hint of Lethean likeness.An Ambitious Woman|Edgar Fawcett
O'er me, Lethean darkness, creep Unfelt as tides through dead men's bones!The Burning Wheel|Aldous Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for lethean
Word Origin for Lethe
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.