Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to mephistophelean: mephistophelian


 (mĕf′ĭ-stŏf′ə-lēz′) also Me·phis·to (mə-fĭs′tō)
The devil in the Faust legend to whom Faust sold his soul.

Me·phis′to·phe′le·an, Me·phis′to·phe′li·an (mə-fĭs′tō-fē′lē-ən, -fēl′yən, mĕf′ĭ-stō-) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Mephistophelean - showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devilmephistophelean - showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil; "devilish schemes"; "the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen"; "the diabolical expression on his face"; "a mephistophelian glint in his eye"
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
References in classic literature ?
Lammle stands with folded arms, Mephistophelean in a corner, with Georgiana and Fledgeby.
Twemlow, in a stunned condition, feigns to compare the portrait in his hand with the original looking towards him from his Mephistophelean corner.
His voracity is well known, and from the circumstance that the inner angles of his lips are curved upwards, he carries an everlasting Mephistophelean grin on his face.
His hair was white and well brushed back like a German's; his face was red, fierce and cherubic, with one dark tuft under the lower lip that threw up that otherwise infantile visage with an effect theatrical and even Mephistophelean.
When this distraught colossus of sorrow, the unsleeping and suicidal cowboy, offered his body in sacrifice to the camera and to the mob of entranced fans, he struck Francois Mauriac as a Mephistophelean figure.
Similarly, Volpone yearns for Celia while Mosca assumes a Mephistophelean role, acting as an accomplice to Volpone by making attempts at overpowering Celia.
Japanese director Shunji Iwai rudely tears up the phony promise of marriage and bourgeois life In "A Bride for Rip Van Winkle," a cruel yet riveting tale of a young wife's Inexorable fall from grace once she succumbs to the Mephistophelean services of a shady Mr.
You may miss a little of its Mephistophelean aspect but just revel in Hewitt's plush, velvety tone which makes some passages absolutely sumptuous.
Whether it is the "Contra" rebels in Nicaragua or al-Qaeda-like groups in Afghanistan,the objective has always been to achieve strategic objectives through the infliction of mass suffering - for, in the "free and civilised world" of the US and its allies, the utopian end too often justifies the Mephistophelean means.
This explanation ascribes the Mephistophelean power with a sort of realism, indicating that the devil must comply with the seasonal differences in the natural world.
Koper produces a dark tone that is cultivated and Mephistophelean.
Ida turns from a helpless heroine into a sinister witch-figure, mediated by the Mephistophelean sorcerer--an externalized figure of her unconscious desire for revenge.