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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.

  2. Oblivion; a draught of oblivion; forgetfulness.


Lethe \Le"the\ (l[=e]"th[-e] or l[=e]th), n. [See Lethal.] Death. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

river of Hades (whose water when drunk caused forgetfulness of the past), from Greek lethe, literally "forgetfulness, oblivion," related to lethargos "forgetful," lathre "secretly, by stealth," lathrios "stealthy," lanthanein "to be hidden." Cognate with Latin latere "to be hidden" (see latent). Related: Lethean.


In Greek mythology, Lethe ( Greek: , Lḗthē; , ) was one of the five rivers of the underworld of Hades. Also known as the Ameles potamos (river of unmindfulness), the Lethe flowed around the cave of Hypnos and through the Underworld, where all those who drank from it experienced complete forgetfulness. Lethe was also the name of the Greek spirit of forgetfulness and oblivion, with whom the river was often identified.

In Classical Greek, the word lethe literally means "oblivion", "forgetfulness", or "concealment". It is related to the Greek word for "truth", aletheia (ἀλήθεια), which through the privative alpha literally means "un-forgetfulness" or "un-concealment".

Lethe (genus)

Lethe is a butterfly genus from the subfamily Satyrinae in the family Nymphalidae. It includes the treebrowns, woodbrowns, foresters and their relatives. The species in the genus Lethe occur in temperate-tropical southern and eastern Asia, up to Indonesia.

Lethe (disambiguation)

Lethe may refer to:

  • Lethe , the goddess and river of forgetfulness in Greek mythology
  • River Lethe, a river in Alaska
  • Lethe (genus), a butterfly genus in the family Nymphalidae
  • Sailor Lethe, a minor character in the Sailor Moon metaseries
Lethe (Hunte)

Lethe is a river of Lower Saxony, Germany.

Usage examples of "lethe".

Drew him from this trap of Lethe and the asphodels that looked so much like his lost home back into consciousness.

Our SS com input is too weak to reach Sheltok Fleet Security on Lethe or any of our Sagittarian units.

It's my contention that Euphonia paid a farm family to take Lethe and change her name to Lena Foote.

Under the Greek empire these castles were used as state prisons, under the tremendous name of Lethe, or towers of oblivion.

The thin scrap of moon hung in a gap of the mountains, like lemon rind in a tall dark drink of Lethe.

The River Lethe, a thin blue line running from the mountains west of the Great Bay, suddenly widened, and a new line of blue began to cut its way toward the Polar Depression, until the combined canal and river cut through the length of Terra Grande.

Dredge the canal deep enough to allow a flow into the upper reaches of the Lethe, takes steps to make sure the channel scoured itself deeper instead of silting over, and it would work.