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
Adderall is a wonder drug, helping millions of Americans with ADHD, but its widespread use on campus—and by college athletes—left some oblivious to its dangers.
Often oblivious to modern sounds, diverse genres, and the inclusion of women artists, the Hall of Fame tends to favor white guy boomer rock bands.
Test scores don't measure leadership or how someone can walk into a room and either quickly grasp group dynamics or remain as oblivious as a machine.
The best part was when both guys were visibly suffering—stretching, groaning, leaning on the net—during the trophy presentation behind the talking head who was oblivious to what was going on behind him.
In some passages the live music enhanced the dancing, while in others the dancers seemed oblivious to it.
More notable is that the FOMC’s statement and economic predictions seemed oblivious to the news across town Wednesday that the House and Senate have struck a final tax reform deal.
Anthony Bourdain—seems oblivious to the irony of his tweets.
With a reputation for floozy-dom on screen and off, Grahame found a measure of peace with Turner, who was oblivious to her real and big-screen histories.
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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
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