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Oblivion, 1) forgetfulness, in an active sense; cessation of remembering: “planting o., beating reason back,” Ven. 557. “second childishness and mere o.” As II, 7, 165. “thinking of nothing else, putting all affairs else in o.” H4B V, 5, 27. “whether it be bestial o. or some craven scruple,” Hml. IV, 4, 40. “my o. is a very Antony, and I am all forgotten,” Ant. I, 3, 90.
2) the state of being forgotten, of no more living in the memory of men: “to feed o. with decay of things,” Lucr. 947. “till each to razed o. yield his part,” Sonn. 122, 7. “a forted residence 'gainst the tooth of time and razure of oblivion,” Meas. V, 13. Shr. IV, 1, 85. All's II, 3, 147. V, 3, 24. H5 II, 4, 87. R3 III, 7, 129. Troil. III, 2, 194. III, 3, 146. IV, 5, 167. Tit. III, 1, 296.
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