Origin of oblivion
Examples from the Web for self-oblivion
Historical Examples of 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)
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.