n) KEY NOUN:
- The condition or quality of being completely forgotten: "He knows that everything he writes is consigned to posterity (oblivion's other, seemingly more benign, face)" (Joyce Carol Oates).
- The act or an instance of forgetting; total forgetfulness: sought the great oblivion of sleep.
- Official overlooking of offenses; amnesty.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin oblvi, oblvin-
, from oblvsc
, to forget
; see lei-
in Indo-European roots