Promethean
Promethean Pro*me"the*an, a. [L. Prometh?us: cf. F. prom['e]th['e]en.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to Prometheus. See {Prometheus}. ``Promethean fire.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Having a life-giving quality; inspiring. [1913 Webster]


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  • Promethean — may refer to: *Prometheus, a character from Greek mythology, who was punished by the gods for stealing fire from the heavens to give to humans *Mary Shelley gave her novel Frankenstein the subtitle The Modern Prometheus *, a role playing game… …   Wikipedia

  • Promethean — [prō mē′thē ən, prəmē′thē ən] adj. 1. of or like Prometheus 2. life bringing, creative, or courageously original n. a Promethean person in spirit or deeds …   English World dictionary

  • Promethean — Pro*me the*an, n. (Old Chem.) (a) An apparatus for automatic ignition. (b) A kind of lucifer match. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Promethean — 1580s, from Prometheus, demigod (son of the Titan Iapetus) who made man from clay and stole fire from heaven and taught mankind its use, for which he was punished by Zeus by being chained to a rock in the Caucasus, where a vulture came every day… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Promethean — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ daring or skilful like Prometheus, a demigod in Greek mythology who stole fire from the gods and gave it to the human race …   English terms dictionary

  • Promethean — 1. adjective a) of or pertaining to Prometheus b) daringly original; boldly inventive or creative 2. noun one who acts in a Promethean manner …   Wiktionary

  • Promethean — adjective Date: 1594 of, relating to, or resembling Prometheus, his experiences, or his art; especially daringly original or creative …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Promethean — /preuh mee thee euhn/, adj. 1. of or suggestive of Prometheus. 2. creative; boldly original. n. 3. a person who resembles Prometheus in spirit or action. [1580 90; PROMETHE(US) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Promethean — adj. (Greek Mythology) of Prometheus, pertaining to Prometheus (Titan who stole fire from heaven and was punished by the gods) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Promethean — [prə mi:θɪən] adjective daring or skilful like Prometheus, a demigod in Greek mythology who stole fire from the gods and gave it to the human race …   English new terms dictionary

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