Promethean

adjective
Pro·me·the·an | \prə-ˈmē-thē-ən \

Definition of Promethean 

: of, relating to, or resembling Prometheus, his experiences, or his art especially : daringly original or creative

Keep scrolling for more

Did You Know?

As some versions of the story go in Greek mythology, Prometheus (one of the Titan giants) modeled humans from clay and then taught them agriculture and all the arts of civilization. He also stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans. So inventive was he that anything that bears the stamp of creativity and originality can still be called Promethean. Zeus, however, had wanted the human race to perish, so Prometheus' actions were also disobedient. Hence Promethean can also mean defiant of authority or limits. As punishment for his disobedience, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock where an eagle daily tore at his liver. Thus, any suffering on a grand scale can also be called Promethean - though this sense is not as common as the others.

Examples of Promethean in a Sentence

it is only through the efforts of a Promethean pioneer that an art form advances

First Known Use of Promethean

1594, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Promethean

Share Promethean

Listen to Our Podcast about Promethean

Statistics for Promethean

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Promethean

The first known use of Promethean was in 1594

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on Promethean

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for Promethean

Comments on Promethean

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

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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