V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the state or act of forgetting or being unaware; 2. the state of being forgotten

Synonyms: forgetfulness, unconsciousness, disregard, unconcern, inattention, emptiness, nonexistence, obscurity, nothingness, nonentity

Antonyms: awareness, consciousness, reality, substance

Tips: Oblivion and its adjective form oblivious have roots in the Latin oblivisci, "to forget." When you are oblivious you are unaware or inattentive of your surroundings--you are in a state of oblivion. The phrase "escape into oblivion" means "to escape into obscurity or unconsciousness," as with sleep. In the entertainment industry, oblivion (state of being forgotten) is every entertainer's worst nightmare.

Usage Examples:

While on vacation, we fell into a state of oblivion and didn't think at all about our responsibilities at home. (forgetfulness, unconcern, unconsciousness)

Her former life was no more than an oblivion to her now. (nonentity, forgotten thing, obscurity)

The lovers were oblivious to everything but each other. (unaware, unconscious) adjective

The once-popular TV show fell into a state of oblivion and was soon taken off the air. (inattention, obscurity)

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