2. Loss of remembrance or recollection; a ceasing to remember; oblivion.
A sweet forgetfulness of human care.Pope.
3. Failure to bear in mind; careless omission; inattention; as, forgetfulness of duty.
Syn. Forgetfulnes, Oblivion. Forgetfulness is Anglo-Saxon, and oblivion is Latin. The former commonly
has reference to persons, and marks a state of mind; the latter commonly has reference to things, and
indicates a condition into which they are sunk. We blame a man for his forgetfulness; we speak of some
old custom as buried in oblivion. But this discrimination is not strictly adhered to.
(For"ge*tive) a. [From Forge.] Inventive; productive; capable. [Obs.] Shak.
(For*get"-me-not`) n. [Cf. G. vergissmeinnicht.] (Bot.) A small herb, of the genus Myosotis
(M. palustris, incespitosa, etc.), bearing a beautiful blue flower, and extensively considered the emblem
Formerly the name was given to the Ajuga Chamæpitus.
(For*get"ta*ble) a. Liable to be, or that may be, forgotten. Carlyle.
(For*get"ter) n. One who forgets; a heedless person. Johnson.
(For*get"ting*ly), adv. By forgetting.
1. The act of shaping metal by hammering or pressing.
2. The act of counterfeiting.
3. (Mach.) A piece of forged work in metal; a general name for a piece of hammered iron or steel.
There are very few yards in the world at which such forgings could be turned out.London Times.
(For*giv"a*ble) a. Capable of being forgiven; pardonable; venial. Sherwood.
(For*give") v. t. [imp. Forgave ; p. p. Forgiven ; p. pr. & vb. n. Forgiving] [OE. forgiven,
foryiven, foryeven, AS. forgiefan, forgifan; perh. for- + giefan, gifan to give; cf. D. vergeven, G.
vergeben, Icel. fyrirgefa, Sw. frgifva, Goth. fragiban to give, grant. See For-, and Give, v. t.]
1. To give wholly; to make over without reservation; to resign.
To them that list the world's gay shows I leave,Spenser.
And to great ones such folly do forgive.
2. To give up resentment or claim to requital on account of (an offense or wrong); to remit the penalty
of; to pardon; said in reference to the act forgiven.
And their sins should be forgiven them.Mark iv. 12.
He forgive injures so readily that he might be said to invite them.Macaulay.