One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Physical or mental blindness.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Bullokar (d. 1627), physician and lexicographer. From post-classical Latin ablepsia failure to see or notice something, oversight from Hellenistic Greek ἀβλεψία failure to see from ancient Greek ἀ- + Hellenistic Greek βλέψις sight (from ancient Greek βλέπειν to see, of uncertain origin + -σις) + ancient Greek -ία.
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