He·​phaes·​tus hi-ˈfe-stəs How to pronounce Hephaestus (audio)
: the Greek god of fire and metalworking compare vulcan

Examples of Hephaestus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But of course, with many of the gods preoccupied with the siege of Olympus, there are new deities who offer their aid — including Apollo, Hephaestus, Hera, Hestia, and even the titaness Selene, who imbues players with the power of the moon for special abilities. Nikki McCann Ramirez, Rolling Stone, 9 May 2024 This includes others like Apollo, Medusa, a Minotaur, Hephaestus and Persephone. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 When the News Broke: Chicago 1968 and the Polarizing of America by Heather Hendershot Jed Perl The Modern Hephaestus David Smith was an expressionist with an all-or-nothing approach to art who reveled in the violent acts of metalworking that created new forms of permanence. Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books, 31 Aug. 2023 Story continues below advertisement Advertisement One night last week, Hephaestus carefully led his unit on a mission to find weak spots in enemy lines. Kamila Hrabchuk, Washington Post, 27 June 2023 The soldier, who goes by the call sign Hephaestus, for the Greek god of fire, said the fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions is complicated by terrain that includes vast swamps and forests, making assault operations more difficult. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 27 June 2023 How in the name of Hephaestus and/or Hestia, did Heidi make fire that quickly? Dalton Ross, EW.com, 25 May 2023

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Hēphaistos

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hephaestus was in 1678

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“Hephaestus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hephaestus. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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