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forgetfulness


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forgetfulness  \For*get"ful*ness\,  n. 
  1.  The  quality  of  being  forgetful;  prononess  to  let  slip  from 
  the  mind. 
 
  2.  Loss  of  remembrance  or  recollection;  a  ceasing  to 
  remember;  oblivion. 
 
  A  sweet  forgetfulness  of  human  care  --Pope. 
 
  3.  Failure  to  bear  in  mind;  careless  omission;  inattention; 
  as  forgetfulness  of  duty. 
 
  Syn:  {Forgetfulnes},  {Oblivion}. 
 
  Usage:  Forgetfulness  is  Anglo-Saxon,  and  oblivion  is  Latin. 
  The  former  commonly  has  reference  to  persons,  and 
  marks  a  state  of  mind;  the  latter  commonly  has 
  reference  to  things  and  indicates  a  condition  into 
  which  they  are  sunk.  We  blame  a  man  for  his 
  forgetfulness;  we  speak  of  some  old  custom  as  buried 
  in  oblivion.  But  this  discrimination  is  not  strictly 
  adhered  to 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  forgetfulness 
  n  1:  tendency  to  forget 
  2:  unawareness  caused  by  neglectful  or  heedless  failure  to 
  remember;  "his  forgetfulness  increased  as  he  grew  older" 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  FORGETFULNESS,  n.  A  gift  of  God  bestowed  upon  doctors  in  compensation 
  for  their  destitution  of  conscience. 
 
 




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