Oblivion is defined as the state of being forgotten.
An example of oblivion is someone’s memory after a bad head injury.
- a forgetting or having forgotten; forgetfulness
- the condition or fact of being forgotten
- official overlooking of offenses; pardon
Origin of oblivionOld French from Classical Latin oblivio from oblivisci, to forget from ob- (see ob-) + (prob.) levis, smooth from Indo-European base an unverified form lei-, slippery from source lime
- The condition or quality of being completely forgotten: “He knows that everything he writes is consigned to posterity (oblivion's other, seemingly more benign, face)” ( Joyce Carol Oates )
- The act or an instance of forgetting; total forgetfulness: sought the great oblivion of sleep.
- Archaic Official overlooking of offenses; amnesty.
Origin of oblivionMiddle English from Old French from Latin oblīviō oblīviōn- from oblīvīscī to forget ; see lei- in Indo-European roots.