Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (foust) also Faus·tus (fou′stəs, fô′-)
A magician and alchemist in German legend who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for power and knowledge.

[German, after Johann Faust (1480?-1540?), German magician and alchemist.]

Faust′i·an (fou′stē-ən) adj.


1. of or relating to Faust, esp reminiscent of his bargain with the devil
2. (European Myth & Legend) of or relating to Faust, esp reminiscent of his bargain with the devil


(ˈfaʊ sti ən)

1. of, pertaining to, or typical of Faust.
2. sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Faustian - pertaining to or resembling or befitting Faust or Faustus especially in insatiably striving for worldly knowledge and power even at the price of spiritual values; "a Faustian pact with the Devil"


[ˈfaʊstɪən] ADJde Fausto
References in periodicals archive ?
The people it seems couldn't care less, just watching this Faustian drama.
All this will go largely unnoticed by many millions, but Pakistan has entered into a pact that is potentially Faustian if it is unable to make the reforms that the Chinese are saying have to happen for CPEC to reach its potential.
In a plot twist that pays homage to the Faustian theme of selling one's soul to the devil, Dee instead leases her heart to a daemon in exchange for school tuition.
Abandoning his mother (Linda Emond) and two younger brothers (Tom Sturridge, Austin Amelio), BV makes a Faustian pact with hedonistic record producer Cook (Michael Fassbender).
awakened by a promethean, faustian icarus and eve like curiosity
Along the way, Jack is forced to confront the soul he denies having, and must decide whether or not to reverse his Faustian bargain.
In a sort of modern retelling of the Faustian myth that legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson achieved his success by selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads, Devil and the Bluebird follows the winding and heart-wrenching path of one young girl who's trying to save her sister's soul.
But he is soon faced with a Faustian dilemma: should he continue feeding the plant human flesh - or should he destroy it knowing he will lose his wealth, fame and, ultimately, Audrey as well?
The stakes grow serious and it's either Lucifer or Jackson who must win the Faustian bet.
The ecological dystopian history of speed is the screaming ninny nanny on the Faustian roller coaster of modernity: you asked the engines of industry to accelerate the Steampunk Armada of glistening fetish objects from the colonies for near instant consumption: dark Satanic Mills, "The City of the End of Things" Ridley Walker, Modern Times, Paul (oh) Virilio.
The Scottish people have a right to know that the Conservatives and SNP are involved in an invisible Faustian pact.
While focused on Irene, a young girl on the brink of adulthood, it can be comfortably read by adults as well, particularly considering the Faustian themes of love, death and betrayal.