: a king of Thebes slain by his son Oedipus in fulfillment of an oracle

Examples of Laius in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This tale, which became one of the best examples of self-fulling prophecy, shows how Oedipus and his father, Laius, unconsciously (or maybe consciously?) manifested their fate. Kelly Santana Banks, Discover Magazine, 12 May 2023

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Laïos

First Known Use

1573, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Laius was in 1573

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“Laius.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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