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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Forgetfulness \For*get"ful*ness\, n.
1. The quality of being forgetful; prononess to let slip from
2. Loss of remembrance or recollection; a ceasing to
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
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: tendency to forget
2: unawareness caused by neglectful or heedless failure to
remember; "his forgetfulness increased as he grew older"
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "forgetfulness":
abandon, careless abandon, carelessness, casualness, cursoriness,
disregardfulness, easiness, hastiness, heedlessness,
inconsiderateness, inconsideration, indifference, insouciance,
lack of foresight, laziness, lethe, oblivion, obliviousness,
offhandedness, perfunctoriness, recklessness, regardlessness,
sprezzatura, tactlessness, thoughtlessness, unaccommodatingness,
unheedfulness, unhelpfulness, unmindfulness, unobligingness,
unpreparedness, unreadiness, unsolicitousness, unsolicitude,
From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :
FORGETFULNESS, n. A gift of God bestowed upon doctors in compensation
for their destitution of conscience.
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