Definition of oblivion in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈblɪvɪən/


[mass noun]
1The state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one: they drank themselves into oblivion
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  • Brad only groaned once as Kurt and Vincent lifted him between them, and then the dark and painless unconscious oblivion claimed him again.
  • Our sages teach us that our oblivion, our unawareness of the full ramifications of every harsh word and action, lasts only until the day of death.
  • The oblivion of unconsciousness was creeping up on her at its leisure, and she would make him regret murdering her too slowly.
coma, blackout;
literary the waters of Lethe
1.1The state of being forgotten, especially by the public: his name will fade into oblivion
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  • For the unsuccessful ones, their ordeal simply fades into public oblivion.
  • And like the unperfected Polaroid of a beginning we've forgotten, it should fade into oblivion in no time.
  • So yet another great album was destined to fade into oblivion, before being picked up on by a few musos, plundered for sounds and style, hailed in retrospect as a classic and finally reissued on CD.
1.2Destruction or extinction: only our armed forces stood between us and oblivion
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  • It feels as though I'm rescuing lives from oblivion, from utter destruction by the Garbage Truck of Fate.
  • Of course, there are also those who do not subscribe to any religious faith and who may believe that death leads to nothingness, oblivion.
  • During the Ottoman conquest of the end of that century Perperikon has been conquered, destroyed and doomed to oblivion.
obscurity, non-existence, limbo, void, vacuum, nothingness, nihility, nullity, extinction, anonymity, neglect, disregard
2 Law , historical Amnesty or pardon.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin oblivio(n-), from oblivisci 'forget'.

Words that rhyme with oblivion

Bolivian, Maldivian, Vivian

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