- 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 tiresias
Tiresias came next, in a basalt chariot, yoked to royal steeds.
To a mind like that of Tiresias, a pack of cards was full of human nature.
Who could have supposed that all this time Tiresias was concocting an epigram on Pluto!
I drew my sword and waved them back until I should question the soul of Tiresias.
There is a touch of all these qualities, good and bad alike, in Tiresias.Oedipus King of Thebes
- 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.