a person or being with the ability to use telepathy
In 1885 quotation, denoting an apparition produced using telepathy, and probably punning on telegraph boy.
[1885 Nation (N.Y.) 5 Nov. 375/1
The famous occasion when Castor and Pollux were the telepath boys.]
1889 Leeds Mercury 15 Aug. 4/6
The telepath’s ‘object’ is usually actuated by nothing but the purest curiosity as to the amount of unconscious fraud exercised in the reading of his thoughts.
1907 Westminster Gazette 9 Feb. 3/2
There is a pleasant mystery about the origin of the 9-in. shell which startled Selsey the other day… It looks as though the telepaths would have to be called in to account for its origin.
His new assistant was not a telepath…but it was sensitive to feelings and would therefore have been aware of Conway’s curiosity.
Visitor at Large in New Worlds Science Fiction June 8
Vague unrest crystallized…into one of those flashes of prevision which touch a telepath in moments of stress.
Sword of Aldones viii. 76
Which of three alien telepaths is guilty of murder?
in F. Leiber Change War Introd. p. xv
I think she must be a telepath. How else could she have known those names and the details of the accident?
Bright, Bright as Day in Interzone Nov. 42/2
A sly smile; Ted didn’t have to be a telepath to know a lie when he heard it.
Galaxy Blues in Asimov’s Science Fiction Feb. 93
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