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From Prometheus a Greek demigod and the son of the Titan Iapetus. Prometheus created man from clay and gifted him with fire, for which he was punished by Zeus who chained Prometheus to a rock in the Caucasus where a vulture came and daily fed on his liver. Prometheus means "forethought" in Greek, from pro- "before" + mathein "to learn."


Promethean ‎(comparative more Promethean, superlative most Promethean)

  1. Of or pertaining to Prometheus.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion[1]:
      More than a mere source of Promethean sustenance to thwart the cold and cook one's meat, wood was quite simply mankind's first industrial and manufacturing fuel.
  2. Daringly original; boldly inventive or creative.
  3. Of enormous size or strength; extraordinarily strong.
  4. (of a Romantic literary hero) Rebelling (or being a rebel) against a larger order; defying traditional moral categories; persecuted but dauntless.



Promethean ‎(plural Prometheans)

  1. one who acts in a Promethean manner