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ˈli θiLethe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Lethe, River Lethe(noun)

    (Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive


  1. Lethe(ProperNoun)

    The personification of oblivion, daughter of Eris; one of the rivers which flow through Hades, and from which the souls of the dead had to drink to forget their past lives spent on Earth.

    Etymology: from Λήθη.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lethe(noun)


    Etymology: [See Lethal.]

  2. Lethe(noun)

    a river of Hades whose waters when drunk caused forgetfulness of the past

    Etymology: [See Lethal.]

  3. Lethe(noun)

    oblivion; a draught of oblivion; forgetfulness

    Etymology: [See Lethal.]


  1. Lethe

    In Greek mythology, Lethe was one of the five rivers of Hades. Also known as the Ameles potamos, the Lethe flowed around the cave of Hypnos and through the Underworld, where all those who drank from it experienced complete forgetfulness. Lethe was also the name of the Greek spirit of forgetfulness and oblivion, with whom the river was often identified. In Classical Greek, the word Lethe literally means "oblivion", "forgetfulness", or "concealment". It is related to the Greek word for "truth", aletheia, meaning "un-forgetfulness" or "un-concealment".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lethe

    lē′thē, n. one of the rivers of hell causing forgetfulness of the past to all who drank of it: oblivion.—adj. Lethē′an, of Lethe: oblivious. [Gr.,—lēthō, old form of lanthanein, to forget.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Lethe

    in the Greek mythology a stream in the nether world, a draught of the waters of which, generally extended to the ghosts of the dead on their entrance into Pluto's kingdom, obliterated all recollection of the past and its sorrows.

Anagrams for Lethe »

  1. ethel, Ethel

  2. Ethel

How to pronounce Lethe?

  1. Alex
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How to say Lethe in sign language?

  1. lethe


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lethe in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lethe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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