amnesia

noun
am·​ne·​sia | \ am-ˈnē-zhə How to pronounce amnesia (audio) \

Definition of amnesia

1 : loss of memory due usually to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illness
2 : a gap in one's memory
3 : the selective overlooking or ignoring of events or acts that are not favorable or useful to one's purpose or position … Americans seemed to develop a willful forgetfulness about the nation's longest military conflict, an amnesia that lasted for nearly a decade.— Alan Brinkley

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Other Words from amnesia

amnesiac \ -​zhē-​ˌak How to pronounce amnesiac (audio) , -​zē-​ \ or amnesic \ -​zik How to pronounce amnesic (audio) , -​sik \ adjective or noun

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Well, as every soap in the history of television has proven, amnesia is a great way to create tension in dramas. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Is That Beloved Veronica Mars Character Really Gone? Here’s Your Only Shred Of Hope," 23 July 2019 The show tells the story of Myfanwy Thomas (Emma Greenwell), who wakes up in the rain beside London’s Millennium Bridge with amnesia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: 50 things to see at this year’s Comic-Con," 17 July 2019 In Uganda, the memory of the Amin years has been suppressed by a government keen to promote political amnesia. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 For today’s city elders, a selective amnesia about Sugar Land’s history is convenient for a place that prides itself on offering a bright future. Siddhartha Mahanta, The New York Review of Books, "One Man’s Quest for a Memorial to Sugar Land’s Bitter History," 4 June 2019 All sedatives, including alcohol, have the potential to cause amnesia, Dr. Roth says. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "Does Taking Ambien Really Cause Memory Loss?," 15 July 2019 In Uganda, the memory of the Amin years has been suppressed by a government keen to promote political amnesia. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 Many of the same people who mocked him worst before the 2014 Wild Card game caught amnesia and celebrated him the hardest afterward. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Bobby Witt Jr., Ned Yost, Patrick Mahomes and dad’n," 4 June 2019 Ended up with a concussion, amnesia a few hours later. Quanta Magazine, "Janna Levin’s Theory of Doing Everything," 5 May 2016

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First Known Use of amnesia

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amnesia

New Latin, from Greek amnēsia forgetfulness, alteration of amnēstia

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amnesia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of amnesia

medical : a condition in which a person is unable to remember things because of brain injury, shock, or illness

amnesia

noun
am·​ne·​sia | \ am-ˈnē-zhə How to pronounce amnesia (audio) \

Kids Definition of amnesia

: an abnormal and usually complete loss of one's memory

amnesia

noun
am·​ne·​sia | \ am-ˈnē-zhə How to pronounce amnesia (audio) \

Medical Definition of amnesia

1 : loss of memory sometimes including the memory of personal identity due to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illness or sometimes induced by anesthesia a period of amnesia after the wreck
2 : a gap in one's memory an amnesia concerning her high-school years

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