Origin of oblivion
Examples from the Web for self-oblivion
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)|Henry James
Birth, self-oblivion, was no longer the end of his dream-like existence.Cytherea|Joseph Hergesheimer
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|Modeste Tchaikovsky
British Dictionary definitions for self-oblivion
Word Origin for oblivion
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.