From Prometheus (a demigod in Greek mythology who created mortals from clay and gave them fire, for which he was punished by Zeus), from Ancient Greek Προμηθεύς (Promētheús) from προμηθής (promēthḗs, “having forethought”) from προ- (pro-, “before”) + μανθάνω (manthánō, “learn, perceive”) (from Proto-Indo-European *mn̥(s)-dʰh₁-, from *men- + *dʰeh₁-, thus "to put one's mind".)
- Of or pertaining to Prometheus.
- Daringly original; boldly inventive or creative.
- Of enormous size or strength; extraordinarily strong.
- (of a Romantic literary hero) Rebelling (or being a rebel) against a larger order; defying traditional moral categories; persecuted but dauntless.
Promethean (plural Prometheans)
- one who acts in a Promethean manner