Definition of oblivious in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈblɪvɪəs/


Not aware of or concerned about what is happening around one: she became absorbed, oblivious to the passage of time
More example sentences
  • Our council seem impervious to criticism and oblivious to basic common sense.
  • Meila was asleep and unconscious, oblivious to the days that had already happened.
  • He is even more taciturn when he drives, often appearing oblivious to any other presence.
unaware, unconscious, heedless, unmindful, insensible, unheeding, ignorant, blind, deaf, unsuspecting, unobservant, disregardful, unconcerned, impervious, unaffected, insensitive, indifferent, detached, removed
rare incognizant



Pronunciation: /əˈblɪvɪəsli/
Example sentences
  • Without noticing, my mind focused on the three words that were crossed out near the center of the entry, and I closed the notebook obliviously, diverting my attention to the look on Mom's face.
  • Those on stage were the only people talking now, for the room was deathly silent except for those that recited their lines obliviously and pranced to and fro about the stage.
  • Cadona and her troop continued moving obliviously forward.


Pronunciation: /əˈblɪvɪəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • There's a perverse obliviousness to the fact that we equate our national security and welfare with foreign policy that deprives others of the liberties we supposedly cherish.
  • In fact the case is a perfect illustration of an utterly commonplace phenomenon: the mainstream media's obliviousness to its own liberal bias.
  • Chen also takes photos of his daughter, whose sunny, carefree smile betrays a complete obliviousness to her father's mental state and underscores the artist's own dark perspective on the world.


Late Middle English: from Latin obliviosus, from oblivio(n-) (see oblivion).

Words that rhyme with oblivious

lascivious, niveous

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