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əˈblɪv i ənobliv·ion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oblivion, limbonoun

    the state of being disregarded or forgotten

  2. obliviousness, oblivionnoun

    total forgetfulness

    "he sought the great oblivion of sleep"


  1. oblivionnoun

    The state of forgetfulness or distraction.

  2. oblivionnoun

    The state of being completely forgotten.

  3. oblivionnoun

    A state of permanent unconsciousness existing after death

  4. Etymology: From oblivion (= oblivion), from oblivio, from.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oblivionnoun

    Etymology: oblivio, Latin.

    Water-drops have worn the stones of Troy,
    And blind oblivion swallow’d cities up,
    And mighty states characterless are grated
    To dusty nothing. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

    Thou shouldst have heard many things of worthy memory, which now shall die in oblivion, and thou return unexperienced to thy grave. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    Knowledge is made by oblivion, and to purchase a clear and warrantable body of truth, we must forget and part with much we know. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err. Pref.

    Can they imagine, that God has therefore forgot their sins, because they are not willing to remember them? Or will they measure his pardon by their own oblivion. South.

    Among our crimes oblivion may be set;
    But ’tis our king’s perfection to forget. Dryden.

    By the act of oblivion, all offences against the crown, and all particular trespasses between subject and subject, were pardoned, remitted, and utterly extinguished. Davies.


  1. Oblivion

    Oblivion is a song by Canadian singer Grimes from her third studio album, Visions (2012). It was released as a promotional single in 2012 by 4AD. The song is one of Grimes' most successful releases and was ranked at number 38 on Australian alternative music station Triple J's 2012 Hottest 100 countdown. It was named the best song of 2012 on Pitchfork, which in 2019 also named it the second best song of the decade. It placed at number 229 on NME magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


  1. oblivion

    Oblivion is a state of being forgotten or unknown. It can also refer to the state of being completely destroyed or the experience of total forgetfulness or unconsciousness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Oblivionnoun

    the act of forgetting, or the state of being forgotten; cessation of remembrance; forgetfulness

  2. Oblivionnoun

    official ignoring of offenses; amnesty, or general pardon; as, an act of oblivion


  1. Oblivion

    Oblivion is a steel roller coaster located at Alton Towers in England. The ride opened as the world's first vertical drop roller coaster on March 14, 1998 amidst a large publicity campaign. The ride has a height restriction of 1.4 metres. With a maximum speed of 68 mph, it is the third fastest roller coaster in the UK behind Stealth at Thorpe Park and the Pepsi Max Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oblivion

    ob-liv′i-un, n. act of forgetting or state of being forgotten: remission of punishment.—adj. Obliv′ious, forgetful: prone to forget: causing forgetfulness.—adv. Obliv′iously.—ns. Obliv′iousness; Oblivisc′ence. [Fr.,—L. oblivion-emoblivisci, to forget.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. oblivion

    1. The memory of Eternity. 2. A place where the human race and politicians are as one; where immortals are afflicted with aphasia; where God enjoys a long siesta; where we lose the bores and all those good folks who want to tell us the sad story of their lives.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oblivion in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oblivion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of oblivion in a Sentence

  1. Salma Shah:

    It's a super-tight judgement call, and one that is based more on guts than any actual metrics, on the one hand you have to consider whether it's worth deposing a sitting PM for someone new who is entirely untested ; on the other wonder whether doing nothing means you're just going to watch your electoral hopes slide into oblivion.

  2. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land but the fame that comes after is oblivion.

  3. Fred Allen:

    We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion.

  4. George Steiner:

    The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Oblivion cures the old wounds.

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