• WordNet 3.6
    • n forgetfulness tendency to forget
    • n forgetfulness unawareness caused by neglectful or heedless failure to remember "his forgetfulness increased as he grew older"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st time the "f-word" was spoken in a movie was by Marianne Faithfull in the 1968 film, "I'll Never Forget Whatshisname." In Brian De Palma's 1984 movie, "Scarface," the word is spoken 206 times an average of once every 29 seconds.
    • Forgetfulness Failure to bear in mind; careless omission; inattention; as, forgetfulness of duty.
    • Forgetfulness Loss of remembrance or recollection; a ceasing to remember; oblivion. "A sweet forgetfulness of human care."
    • Forgetfulness The quality of being forgetful; prononess to let slip from the mind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The national dish of Scotland, haggis, is made of the heart, liver, lungs and small intestines of a calf. It's then boiled in the stomach of the animal, and seasoned with salt, pepper and onions. Oh, and don't forget to add the suet and oatmeal.
    • n forgetfulness The character or state of being forgetful; proneness to let past experience and knowledge slip from the mind.
    • n forgetfulness The state of having passed from remembrance or recollection; the fact of having ceased to be remembered; oblivion.
    • n forgetfulness Neglect; negligence; careless omission; inattention.
    • n forgetfulness Synonyms Obliviousness, etc. See oblivion.
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  • Milan Kundera
    “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”
  • Alfred Mercier
    Alfred Mercier
    “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”
  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “When you are right no one remembers; when you are wrong no one forgets.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Of what significance are the things you can forget.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Nothing improves the memory more than trying to forget.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Men never remember, but women never forget.”


In literature:

In a moment tenderness made the young man forget his anxiety.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
I shall never forget his face as he did it.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
He could never forget this room and all that it had held for him.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Thus a forgetting may be purely the result of an emotional interference which makes it, all in all, more pleasant to forget than to remember.
"Applied Psychology for Nurses" by Mary F. Porter
It was youth's way to listen and youth's way to find it easy to forget.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I was almost forgetting it.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
And you, castellan, do not forget that the dream has not been altogether fulfilled.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
I can no more forget him than I can forget that I have a heart which must go on beating while I live.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
How could they forget you; how could they forget my Ratcliffe?
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
I forget that Madame has exploited him as a millionaire.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

In poetry:

"Nay, Lad, where all your mates are met
Go you the selfsame way,
Another dance I would forget
Wherein I too was gay."
"The Silent One" by Theodosia Garrison
Those born in obscure times
Do not remember their way.
We, children of Russia's frightful years
Cannot forget a thing.
"Those Born In Obscure Times" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Thou wilt in my white arms then
Nay, on my breast thou must
Forget and rest and dream there
For thine old legend-lust.
"Translations And Adaptations From Heine" by Ezra Pound
From the solemn gloom of the temple
children run out to sit in the dust,
God watches them play
and forgets the priest.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
Forget not, but forgive!
Alas, too late I cry.
We are two ghosts that had their chance to live,
And lost it, she and I.
"To A Portrait" by Arthur Symons
Turn Thou the key upon our thoughts, dear Lord,
And let us sleep;
Give us our portion of forgetfulness,
Silent and deep.
"At Midnight" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Forget Stocks—Chinese Turn Bullish on Booze and Caterpillar Fungus.
Forget the daily schedule of children's activities that runs the gamut from scavenger hunts to a half-day camp program.
Forget the kid-friendly facilities that include a game room, dance floor and basketball court.
Forget left-hander Raul Valdes' three scoreless relief innings in Tuesday's 8-0 win against the Philadelphia Phillies, which resulted in the Cuban defector picking up his first major league save.
Perhaps you've spent years trying to forget these nightmarishly misguided attempts at appealing to America's children.
It's a little silly, but the kids do ask for it if I forget.
Felix Hernandez is icon Seattle needed and will not forget.
Forget Vanya on 42nd street.
Don't forget to listen up around 8PM when the Rocktagon begins.
Forget the flourishes of years past.
With all the coaching turmoil surrounding Pittsburgh this past month, it could be easy to forget the Panthers still have a game to play.
But for those with access, don't forget to tune in.
Don't forget: Change clocks, fire alarm batteries.
Forget the publisher's misleading comparisons to the intellectual teasers Possession and The Name of the Rose and enjoy this highly colored historical novel on its own merits.
Forget Brad, George and Javier.

In science:

It is often said that if U is small enough compared to some characteristic length derived from the Riemann tensor then we can forget about General Relativity and deal with U as if were a small domain of Minkowski’s spacetime.
Isometry germs and related structures
The tiny wiggle in the solid curve around m = 4 is a remainder of the initial conditions that apparently the algorithm does not ‘forget’.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
And, as for symplectic triple systems, in characteristic 3 one can forget about sl2 (k) and k2 in (1.1) and get ˜g as in (1.2) which is, now, a Lie algebra (instead of a superalgebra).
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
More precisely, we can forget about sp(V ) and V in Theorem 2.9 and get, not a Z2 -graded Lie algebra, but a Lie superalgebra.
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
Now forget about the bugs, and look only at the collection of cards that were left behind at each site.
Goldbug Variations