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NOUN (1)

1. (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;
[syn: Lethe, River Lethe]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lethe \Le"the\ (l[=e]"th[-e] or l[=e]th), n. [See Lethal.] Death. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lethe \Le"the\ (l[=e]"th[-e]), n. [L., fr. Gr. lh`qh, prop., forgetfulness; akin to lanqa`nesqai to forget, lanqa`nein to escape notice.] 1. (Class. Myth.) A river of Hades whose waters when drunk caused forgetfulness of the past. [1913 Webster] 2. Oblivion; a draught of oblivion; forgetfulness. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

Lethe n 1: (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 [syn: Lethe, River Lethe]