- 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.