lethe

noun
le·​the | \ ˈlē-thē How to pronounce lethe (audio) \

Definition of lethe

1 capitalized : a river in Hades whose waters cause drinkers to forget their past

Other Words from lethe

lethean \ ˈlē-​thē-​ən How to pronounce lethean (audio) , li-​ˈthē-​ How to pronounce lethean (audio) \ adjective, often capitalized

First Known Use of lethe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lethe

Latin, from Greek Lēthē, from lēthē forgetfulness; akin to Greek lanthanein to escape notice, lanthanesthai to forget — more at latent

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“Lethe.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lethe?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=lethe001. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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