oblivious Definition

unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one.

Using oblivious: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "oblivious" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    He was oblivious to the fact that everyone was staring at him.

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    She was so lost in thought that she was oblivious to her surroundings.

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    The teacher was oblivious to the cheating happening right under her nose.

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    He seemed oblivious to the danger he was in.

oblivious Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for oblivious

Phrases with oblivious

  • not aware of something


    She was completely oblivious to the fact that she had hurt his feelings.

  • completely unaware of one's surroundings or situation


    He was so lost in thought that he was oblivious to the world around him.

  • not affected by or responsive to criticism


    Despite the negative reviews, the artist remained oblivious to the criticism and continued to produce work in the same style.

Origins of oblivious

from Latin 'obliviosus', meaning 'forgetful'


Summary: oblivious in Brief

The term 'oblivious' [uh-bliv-ee-uhs] refers to a state of being unaware or unconscious of one's surroundings or situation. It is often used to describe someone who is lost in thought or not paying attention, as in 'He was oblivious to the fact that everyone was staring at him.' 'Oblivious' can be extended into phrases like 'oblivious to criticism,' denoting a lack of responsiveness to negative feedback.

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