- the state of being completely forgotten or unknown: a former movie star now in oblivion.
- the state of forgetting or of being oblivious: the oblivion of sleep.
- the act or process of dying out; complete annihilation or extinction: If we don't preserve their habitat, the entire species will pass into oblivion.
- Archaic. official disregard or overlooking of offenses; pardon; amnesty.
Origin of oblivion
Related Words for oblivionunconsciousness, extinction, darkness, limbo, nirvana, inadvertence, carelessness, insensibility, forgetfulness, obliviousness, amnesia, abeyance, disregard, indifference, neglect, unconcern, unawareness, Lethe, nullity, void
Examples from the Web for oblivion
Contemporary Examples of oblivion
If opponents of gay rights are supposed to be retreating into oblivion, they missed the memo.Red America’s Anti-Gay Backlash
June 15, 2014
The team could sink into oblivion—or be bought by a beloved figure who could transform it.How to Rescue the Clippers From Donald Sterling’s Racist Clutches
April 29, 2014
That which gave him the power over me came back out of oblivion, where I had hoped to keep it.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
And then the next red-hot development on some other front will emerge rendering the acronym to oblivion.Why I’m Not Worried About Dying From a Superbug, and You Shouldn’t Be, Either
March 8, 2013
But when you try to oust the queen, you better be successful, lest she decides to relegate you to oblivion.The Assemblyman Has a Gun: The Steven Brooks Saga
January 24, 2013
Historical Examples of oblivion
His own public had unjustly neglected him, posterity consigned his operas to oblivion.Handel
Edward J. Dent
Thenceforth, all these royal souvenirs had passed into oblivion.The Dream
And do not cast in oblivion that at the last I obeyed your wish and brought you safely to Riolama.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
And am I to be hurried along by this stream of corruption to infamy and oblivion!Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
But, Mr. Darnay, oblivion is not so easy to me, as you represent it to be to you.A Tale of Two Cities
- the condition of being forgotten or disregarded
- the state of being mentally withdrawn or blank
- law an intentional overlooking, esp of political offences; amnesty; pardon
Word Origin for oblivion
late 14c., "state or fact of forgetting," from Old French oblivion (13c.) and directly from Latin oblivionem (nominative oblivio) "forgetfulness; a being forgotten," from oblivisci (past participle oblitus) "forget," originally "even out, smooth over, efface," from ob "over" (see ob-) + root of levis "smooth," from PIE *lei-w-, from root *(s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky" (see slime (n.)). Meaning "state of being forgotten" is early 15c.