Meaning of Promethean in English:


Pronunciation /prəˈmiːθɪən/


  • Relating to or characteristic of the demigod Prometheus, especially in being rebelliously creative and innovative.

    ‘the Promethean scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos’
    • ‘Such a development will surely fulfil the age-old Promethean dream of self-creation.’
    • ‘No, we should not play God in the Promethean sense.’
    • ‘The near completion of the human genome project was announced with expressions of Promethean awe.’
    • ‘His deeds are motivated entirely by a Promethean desire to enlighten his fellows.’
    • ‘The issue of gender is an important aspect of Promethean narrative, which I discuss in the next section.’
    • ‘Transformations of former country areas made by the Promethean outbursts of the Industrial Revolution are notorious.’
    • ‘In a way, her acts of Promethean defiance find affinity with her father's actions.’
    • ‘Revolutionaries are Promethean criminals, pursuing an almost sinful desire to exercise their untrammelled will.’
    • ‘We need to temper the Promethean impulse referenced in Shelley's subtitle.’
    • ‘The opening ceremony was declared a triumph, ending on the Australian sprinter's unforgettable image as a figure from some Promethean rock painting.’