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n. Greek Mythology
The river of forgetfulness, one of the five rivers in Hades.

[Greek Lēthē, from lēthē, forgetfulness.]

Le′the·an adj.


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a river in Hades that caused forgetfulness in those who drank its waters
2. forgetfulness
[C16: via Latin from Greek, from lēthē oblivion]
Lethean adj


(ˈli θi)

1. a river in the ancient Greek underworld whose water caused those who drank it to forget their past.
2. (usu. l.c.) forgetfulness; oblivion.
[< Latin < Greek lḗthē literally, forgetfulness, derivative of lanthánesthai to forget]
Le•the•an (lɪˈθi ən, ˈli θi ən) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Lethe - (Greek mythology) a river in HadesLethe - (Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive
netherworld, Scheol, underworld, Hades, infernal region, Hell - (religion) the world of the dead; "No one goes to Hades with all his immense wealth"-Theognis
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks


[ˈliːθiː] NLete(o) m
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