EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective creative; boldly original. noun a person who resembles Prometheus in spirit or action.
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If we have the
Promethean fire, let it burn to light and warm them.
Better so than to have the
Promethean vulture peck it out for you.
I will apply the
Promethean torch, and soon vivify that rude mass.
He was a
Promethean warrior, bound in limb, but free and unfettered in spirit.
He used the word with malice, knowing it was ever on the
Promethean lips. British Dictionary definitions for promethean adjective of or relating to Prometheus creative, original, or life-enhancing noun a person who resembles Prometheus
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Word Origin and History for promethean adj.
Prometheus + -an. Before the introduction of modern matches (see lucifer), promethean was the name given (early 19c.) to small glass tubes full of sulphuric acid, surrounded by an inflammable mixture, which ignited when pressed and gave off light.
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