noun Greek Legend.
Examples from the Web for oedipus
Probably John Gielgud's during the dress rehearsal of Peter Brook's production of Seneca's Oedipus at the Vic.
The notion of intra-family sex has inspired—and revolted—onlookers from Oedipus to Deliverance.
When they hear the name of Oedipus they are horror-struck and wish to thrust him out.
She saw her mission, and took her squalid Oedipus in charge.The History of David Grieve|Mrs. Humphry Ward
If it be unavoidable, however, it should be outside the tragedy, like the improbability in the Oedipus of Sophocles.The Poetics|Aristotle
Oedipus is the subject of two famous tragedies by Sophocles.1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described|Edward S. Ellis
Declaring he will do nothing for the sons who abandoned him, Oedipus obstinately refuses his city any blessing.
British Dictionary definitions for oedipus
Word Origin and History for oedipus
son of Laius and Jocasta, the king and queen of Thebes, Greek, literally "swollen-foot," from oidan "to swell" (from PIE *oid-; see edema) + pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Oedipus complex (1910) coined by Freud. In Latin, figurative references to Oedipus generally referred to solving riddles. Oedipus effect (1957) is Karl Popper's term for "the self-fulfilling nature of prophecies or predictions."
Culture definitions for oedipus
In classical mythology, a tragic king who unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. The Delphic oracle predicted that King Laius of Thebes, a city in Greece, would be killed by his own son. To save himself, Laius ordered his newborn son placed on a mountaintop and left to starve. The infant was rescued by a shepherd and raised in a distant city, where he was given the name Oedipus. Years later, King Laius was killed while on a journey by a stranger with whom he quarreled. Oedipus arrived at Thebes shortly thereafter and saved the city from the ravages of the Sphinx. He was proclaimed king in Laius' stead, and he took the dead king's widow, Jocasta, as his own wife.
After several years a terrible plague struck Thebes. The Delphic oracle told Oedipus that to end the plague, he must find and punish the murderer of King Laius. In the course of his investigation, Oedipus discovered that he himself was the killer and that Laius had been his real father. He had therefore murdered his father and married his mother, Jocasta. In his despair at this discovery, Oedipus blinded himself.