Examples of oblivious in a Sentence
- They were pushing and shouting and oblivious to anyone not in their group. —P. J. O'Rourke, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 1996
- Prentice looked up from his food, which he had been steadily shovelling in, completely oblivious of everyone. —Antonya Nelson, New Yorker, 9 Nov. 1992
- Oblivious of any previous decisions not to stand together … , the three stood in a tight group … —Doris Lessing, The Good Terrorist, 1985
- Father was oblivious to the man's speculative notice of his wife. —E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime, 1974
- She rested now, frankly and fairly, in the shelter of his arms, and both were oblivious to the gale that rushed past them in quicker and stronger blasts. —Jack London, Burning Daylight, 1910
the out-of-state motorist claimed to be oblivious of the local speed limit, even though the signs must have been hard to miss
Recent Examples of oblivious from the Web
Irving can’t be oblivious to all the open looks James created for him.
Franco himself is playing the delightfully oblivious director of The Room, Tommy Wiseau.
Saxon was the John Cheever of gag cartoonists, whose evocations of self-satisfied but oblivious suburban grandees yielded 92 covers and 725 cartoons for The New Yorker.
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/GettyImages On Friday, a report from Spain suggested that Bale remains 'oblivious' to the rumours of a high profile exit.
Smith isn't oblivious to the viral photo and in fact, sees his trending status as a new way to bond with fans in the Instagram era.
When the bill was speeding towards extinction on Monday, Trump was apparently oblivious to the impending embarrassment.
Then again, maybe Trump was oblivious to the meeting that took place in Trump Tower.
Jake was oblivious to the heat, and cranked in fish after fish.
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How to Use Oblivious in a Sentence: does it go with 'of' or 'to'?
Oblivious usually has to do with not being conscious or aware of someone or something. When used with this meaning, it can be followed by either to or of:
The cat had crept in silently, and we were oblivious to its presence in the room.
There was no chance that anyone could be oblivious of the dog, though; it greeted everyone in the room with frisky leaps.
Oblivious can also have to do with forgetfulness, and when it's used this way, it is often followed by of (but not to):
The child had brought in a snake she'd discovered in the garden, oblivious of the promise she'd made to leave all found creatures outside.
Whatever meaning of oblivious you choose to use, the noun that correlates with this adjective is obliviousness:
Our obliviousness to the cat's presence in the room was quickly corrected by the dog's discovery of the cat under the chair.
The noun oblivion is related to both, of course, but it is not the noun form of oblivious.
Synonymsclueless, incognizant, innocent, insensible, nescient, ignorant, unacquainted, unaware, unconscious, uninformed, unknowing, unmindful, unwitting
Antonymsacquainted, aware, cognizant, conscious, conversant, grounded, informed, knowing, mindful, witting
Related Wordsuneducated, unschooled, untaught; absent, absentminded, abstracted, heedless, inattentive, inconscient
Near Antonymsau courant, hip, plugged-in, up-to-date; educated, knowledgeable, schooled, taught; heedful, observant; sensitive, sentient
OBLIVIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oblivious for English Language Learners
: not conscious or aware of someone or something
OBLIVIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of oblivious for Students
- The boys were oblivious to the danger.
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