oblivion


oblivion
oblivion (n.) late 14c., "state or fact of forgetting," from O.Fr. oblivion (13c.), from L. oblivionem (nom. oblivio) "forgetfulness," from oblivisci (pp. oblitus) "forget," originally "even out, smooth over, efface," from ob "over" (see OB- (Cf. ob-)) + root of levis "smooth," from PIE *lei-w-, from root * (s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky" (see SLIME (Cf. slime) (n.)). Meaning "state of being forgotten" is early 15c.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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(Oblivion refers especially to the thing forgotten) / ,


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