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Lethean

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Lethean Of or pertaining to Lethe; resembling in effect the water of Lethe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lethean Pertaining to the river Lethe; inducing forgetfulness or oblivion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lethean of Lethe: oblivious
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Lethaeus, Gr. lh`qaios or lhqai^os
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—lēthō, old form of lanthanein, to forget.

Usage

In literature:

What Lethean waters were these floods of telegraphed intelligence!
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
Oh, for some lethean draught that I might drink and forget!
"Capitola the Madcap" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
What Lethean waters were these floods of telegraphed intelligence!
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
Why with Lethean cups fall into desuetude innocuous?
"Echoes from the Sabine Farm" by Roswell Martin Field and Eugene Field
Why stay, a ghost, on the Lethean Wharf, Envelop'd in Scotch mist and gloomy fogs?
"The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood" by Thomas Hood
It is not a vulgar sensuality, a Lethean torpor; the triumph of the grosser nature over the eternal principle within.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844" by Various
No; unless in that land, whither her face is set, she find the fabled Lethean stream.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Oh, for some lethean draught that I might drink and forget!
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
I turn aside and taste The cool Lethean drink.
"A Lonely Flute" by Odell Shepard
From the "Lethean Ditch" the "American Rattlesnake" is thrusting forth a poisoned tongue.
"The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
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In poetry:

Other faces, sweet, sad faces,
Wafted o'er the Lethean sea,
Radiant smile in twilight shadows,
But they came not back to me.
"In The Twilight" by Madge Morris Wagner
Awake, I've met the battle's shock,
And born the cares of state;
Nor shall I take your lethean cup,
And slumber at death's gate.
"The Dying Queen" by Frances Ellen Watkins
You ask me, friend,
Why I don't send
The long since due-and-paid-for numbers;
Why, songless, I
As drunken lie
Abandoned to Lethean slumbers.
"A Tardy Apology" by Eugene Field
An old-world joyousness supreme,
The warmth and glow of an immortal balm,
The mood-touch of the gods, the endless dream,
The high lethean calm.
"Favorites of Pan" by Archibald Lampman
O, who will slay the last chimera, Time?
Though Love and Death have many a cunning dart—
In spite of these, and close-wrought webs of Art,
And Slumber, with a slow, Lethean lime—
"The Chimera" by Clark Ashton Smith
Mute quiet reigns;—but from the lowest cave
A spring Lethean rising evermore
Pours through the murmuring rocks a slumberous wave.
The plenteous poppy blossoms at the door,
And countless herbs, of night the drowsy store.
"Cave of Somnus" by Digby Mackworth Dolben

In news:

Lethean light, blended with an alluring soundscape.
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