- 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
Examples from the Web for self-oblivion
Birth, self-oblivion, was no longer the end of his dream-like existence.Cytherea
I composed the opera with pleasure and self-oblivion; I shall orchestrate with delight; but to make an arrangement!The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
If I might venture upon a paradox, his personal references are instances of self-oblivion in the midst of self-consciousness.
England and Italy, with their countless helps to life and pleasure, are the lands for happiness and self-oblivion.The Letters of Henry James (volume I)
- 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- the state of being mentally withdrawn or blank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 and History for self-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.