oblivion

[ uh-bliv-ee-uhn ]
/ əˈblɪv i ən /

noun

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.

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Origin of oblivion

1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French <Latin oblīviōn- (stem of oblīviō), equivalent to oblīv(īscī) to forget + -iōn--ion; see ob-

OTHER WORDS FROM oblivion

self-ob·liv·i·on, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for oblivion

oblivion
/ (əˈblɪvɪən) /

noun

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the state of being mentally withdrawn or blank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

C14: via Old French from Latin oblīviō forgetfulness, from oblīviscī to forget
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