Pro·​me·​theus prə-ˈmē-thē-əs How to pronounce Prometheus (audio) -ˌthyüs How to pronounce Prometheus (audio)
: a Titan who is chained and tortured by Zeus for stealing fire from heaven and giving it to humankind

Word History


Latin, from Greek Promētheus

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Prometheus was in the 14th century

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“Prometheus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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