An·​tae·​an | \ an-ˈtē-ən How to pronounce Antaean (audio) \

Definition of Antaean

2 : having superhuman strength

Did You Know?

In Greek mythology, Antaeus was the gigantic and powerful son of Gaea the Earth goddess and Poseidon the sea god. Antaeus was a wrestler and whenever he touched his mother (the Earth), his strength was renewed, so he always won his battles even if his opponents threw him to the ground. He proved invincible until he challenged Hercules to wrestle. Hercules discovered the source of the giant's strength, lifted him off the ground, and crushed him to death. In 18th century England, the poet William Mason discovered the power of "Antaean" as a descriptive English adjective, when he used it in his Ode to the Hon. William Pitt: "If foil'd at first, resume thy course / Rise strengthen'd with Antaean force."

First Known Use of Antaean

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Antaean

Antaeus, a giant overcome by Hercules

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Antaean

Time Traveler for Antaean

Time Traveler

The first known use of Antaean was in 1782

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about Antaean

Statistics for Antaean

Cite this Entry

“Antaean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on Antaean

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with Antaean

Comments on Antaean

What made you want to look up Antaean? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!