- a blind prophet, usually said to have been blinded because he saw Athena bathing, and then to have been awarded the gift of prophecy as a consolation for his blindness.
Examples from the Web for teiresias
Then Teiresias was stung past bearing, and would hold his tongue no longer.Children of the Dawn
Elsie Finnimore Buckley
Meanwhile, she would like to hear the prophecy of Teiresias.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)
John Addington Symonds
Warned by the prophet Teiresias, he gives way, but too late.Oxford Lectures on Poetry
Andrew Cecil Bradley
And can it be said that the others, apart from Teiresias, had really overcome death?Tragic Sense Of Life
Miguel de Unamuno
What better is this than the absurd vaticination of Teiresias?The Consolation of Philosophy
- Greek myth a blind soothsayer of Thebes, who revealed to Oedipus that the latter had murdered his father and married his mother
In classical mythology, the blind prophet who revealed the truth of the crimes of Oedipus. According to the Roman poet Ovid, Tiresias spent part of his life as a man and part of it as a woman, so he knew the act of love from both points of view. When asked by Jupiter and Juno who enjoyed sex more, he answered that women did. This answer so enraged Juno that she blinded Tiresias.