One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A partial or total loss of memory.
forgetfulness, poor memory, tendency to forget, lapse of memoryView synonyms
- ‘Reports by patients of memory loss are of the erasing of autobiographical memories or retrograde amnesia.’
- ‘Total amnesia may also result from a medical operation that goes wrong.’
- ‘In the wishful shelter of ignorance or amnesia, an abiding melancholy tends to creep into the populace.’
- ‘You are going to have to consider the difference between amnesia and automatism.’
- ‘If encoding is absent, amnesia will follow, as in the case of many of our dreams.’
- ‘It covers a range of clinical presentations from identity disorder to amnesia.’
- ‘Mixed with alcohol it can cause severe disorientation, amnesia and loss of consciousness.’
- ‘Clearly, if I suffer selective amnesia, forgetting, say, five years of my life, I do not cease to be me.’
- ‘It tells the story of a woman suffering from psychogenic amnesia who wakes up daily with her mind a total blank.’
- ‘He slept like a log, his amnesia forgotten, through the morning and the noon.’
- ‘Post-traumatic amnesia is defined as ending when clear and continual memory returns.’
- ‘One theory is that he has suffered a trauma which has caused amnesia, one of the methods the mind uses to retreat from a shock.’
- ‘Another form of potentially blissful ignorance is traumatic amnesia.’
- ‘He said in cases of defence of amnesia or automatism, the court had to carefully scrutinise all evidence.’
- ‘He was suffering from total amnesia and dementia praecox and was duly incarcerated in an asylum in Rodez in central France.’
- ‘Were they to be subjected to artificial amnesia to make them forget what they saw and did?’
- ‘The deputy either has a very short memory or is suffering from political amnesia.’
- ‘This period of childhood amnesia is now generally believed to end at about age three or four.’
- ‘Ordinary forgetfulness that emerges after a trauma must not be confused with amnesia for the trauma.’
- ‘One of the more interesting types of amnesia is what psychiatrists call the fugue state.’
Late 18th century: from Greek amnēsia ‘forgetfulness’.
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