oblivious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj oblivious failing to keep in mind "forgetful of her responsibilities","oblivious old age"
    • adj oblivious (followed by `to' or `of') lacking conscious awareness of "oblivious of the mounting pressures for political reform","oblivious to the risks she ran","not unmindful of the heavy responsibility"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Oblivious Evincing oblivion; forgetful. "Through are both weak in body and oblivious ."
    • Oblivious Promoting oblivion; causing forgetfulness. "The oblivious pool.""She lay in deep, oblivious slumber."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • oblivious Forgetful; disposed to forget.
    • oblivious Causing forgetfulness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Oblivious forgetful: prone to forget: causing forgetfulness
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Quotations

  • Louis Aragon
    Louis Aragon
    “Love is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude. It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obliviosus,: cf. F. oblivieux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. oblivion-emoblivisci, to forget.

Usage

In literature:

All power over my appetite was gone; I was oblivious to everything around me.
"Fifteen Years in Hell" by Luther Benson
What is it in the nature of the Chinese which makes them appear to be so totally oblivious to the best they see in their own country?
"Across China on Foot" by Edwin Dingle
The baby who puckers up its face and cries, oblivious of its environment, is always a favorite.
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
He soon became oblivious of all save art, of which one could see at a glance he was passionately fond.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Vol. XV., No. 85. January, 1875." by Various
Two hours later while the Tramp Club were oblivious to sound and time, the alarm clock on the "Red Rover" went off with a thrilling whirr.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Afloat" by Janet Aldridge
He performs, for this oblivious generation, the service of a great reminder.
"The Theory of the Theatre" by Clayton Hamilton
At the time I was utterly oblivious that anything was intended.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Egypt itself is now become the land of obliviousness, and doteth.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
He was oblivious of the fact that he was a medical man.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
She seemed oblivious of the fact of war.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
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In poetry:

Now in my youth would I could die!--
As others love to live,--go down
Into the grave without a sigh,
Oblivious of renown!
"The Cross" by Madison Julius Cawein
Oblivious to look and word
They pass, and see no wonder
That lightning brilliant as a sword
Should blaze the path of thunder.
"Tableau" by Countee Cullen
O'er all the transient things of time
The oblivious foot of years hath trod,
But all that's sacred and sublime
Stands steadfast as the truth of God.
"Ioy after Sorrow" by John Bowring
And having known full East, did not disdain
To sit in shadow and oblivious cold,
Save what all loss doth of its loss retain,
And who hath held hath somewhat that he still must hold.
"The Cloud's Swan-Song" by Francis Thompson
Sin-blighted though we are, we too,
The reasoning Sons of Men,
From one oblivious winter called
Shall rise, and breathe again;
And in eternal summer lose
Our threescore years and ten.
"The Primrose of the Rock" by William Wordsworth
I am! yet what I am none cares or knows, My friends forsake me like a memory lost;
I am the self-consumer of my woes,
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shades in love and death's oblivion lost;
And yet I am! and live with shadows tost
"I am!" by John Clare

In news:

Daisy (Amaree Cluff) is oblivious, but Berenger (Brad Fraizer, center) can't ignore the rhinoceros in the room (Mike Long).
They splash and play with their dog, oblivious to Darryl Rhodes, the man standing 60 feet above them.
When it was over, James took a knee, oblivious to the photographers who quickly surrounded him in Miami's celebration.
You've heard me tell you here before about Tim Staudt's obliviousness to those around him.
Photo by Johan VogelSeemingly oblivious to the political massacre taking place, a smiling Dan Quayle stood before his fellow Republicans on election night at the Sutton Place Hotel in Newport Beach and said, "We have just begun to fight.".
Records, Zebre and Oblivious will rock you out while you finish up holiday shopping or just enjoy the local talents that will surround you.
It's almost like they are oblivious to the world around them.
Our columnist is so fascinated by his Daily Bulletin that he is oblivious to Busch Stadium and the St Louis skyline last Friday.
The Andersons sat in the front of a rented car, talking softly to other, seemingly oblivious to two reporters in the back seat.
As an organization, the Boy Scouts of America is anything but oblivious to the problem of child predators.
However, the portrait is animated and will be trying to give clues to the occasionally oblivious characters.
Are today's Black athletes that oblivious to their history.
Does your boss seem to be asking too much of you, seemingly oblivious to the amount of work you already have on your plate.
I went through most of my life oblivious to their existence.
Many independent voters will walk into the booth and pull the straight party switch, oblivious of the consequences of their action.
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In science:

We give oblivious rounding algorithms that approximately solve general packing and covering problems, including a parallel algorithm to find sparse strategies for matrix games.
Randomized Rounding without Solving the Linear Program
To introduce oblivious rounding, we give a simple example.
Randomized Rounding without Solving the Linear Program
What enables oblivious rounding? We call such algorithms oblivious rounding algorithms.
Randomized Rounding without Solving the Linear Program
Partial derandomization: The point of oblivious rounding is not derandomization per se, but to achieve independence from the unknown aspects of the optimal solution.
Randomized Rounding without Solving the Linear Program
These cores are probably rather oblivious to what happens around them as they are gravitationally independent entities.
Colliding molecular clouds in head-on galaxy collisions
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