Lethe definition by Webster's New World
- Gr. & Rom. Myth. the river of forgetfulness, flowing through Hades, whose water produces loss of memory in those who drink of it
- oblivion; forgetfulness
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek lēthē, forgetfulness, oblivion: see latent
- Lethean adjective
Lethe definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Lethe Greek Mythology The river of forgetfulness, one of the five rivers in Hades.
- A condition of forgetfulness; oblivion.
Origin: Greek Lēthē, from lēthē, forgetfulness.
- leˈthe·an adjective
Lethe - Cultural Definition
In classical mythology, a river flowing through Hades. The souls of the dead were forced to drink of its waters, which made them forget what they had done, said, and suffered when they were alive.