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Promethean

[pruh-mee-thee-uh n] /prəˈmi θi ən/
adjective
1.
of or suggestive of Prometheus.
2.
creative; boldly original.
noun
3.
a person who resembles Prometheus in spirit or action.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; Promethe(us) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Promethean

Promethean

/prəˈmiːθɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Prometheus
2.
creative, original, or life-enhancing
noun
3.
a person who resembles Prometheus
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Word Origin and History for Promethean
adj.

1580s, from 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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