- unmindful; unconscious; unaware (usually followed by of or to): She was oblivious of his admiration.
- forgetful; without remembrance or memory: oblivious of my former failure.
- Archaic. inducing forgetfulness.
Origin of oblivious
Examples from the Web for self-oblivious
Historical Examples of self-oblivious
In all this manifold work which Mr. Mller did he was, to the last, self-oblivious.George Muller of Bristol
Arthur T. Pierson
There was a self-oblivious kindness in his murmur as he refused a seat.John March, Southerner
George W. Cable
One curious instance of this self-oblivious immersion in the creations of his mind occurs to me.Nineteenth Century Questions
James Freeman Clarke
The victor in the cause will give all the praise to the Judge, and he and his friends will unite in self-oblivious praise.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1
- (foll by to or of) unaware or forgetful
Word Origin and History for self-oblivious
mid-15c., from Latin obliviosus "forgetful, that easily forgets; producing forgetfulness," from oblivion (see oblivion). Meaning "unaware, unconscious (of something)" is from 1862, formerly regarded as erroneous, this is now the general meaning and the word has lost its original sense of "no longer aware or mindful." Properly should be used with to, not of. Related: Obliviously; obliviousness.