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 (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.
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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"
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Then Musharraf's ego to perpetuate his rule was Mephistophelean in nature.
Later in the film, two large swastikas, like those worked into the architecture of one scene in Full Metal Jacket [1987] and common in Native American designs, are faintly visible in the wall treatment at the back of The Gold Room when Jack is about to make his deal with the Overlook's Mephistophelean bartender.
A Mephistophelean character out of Carolina [sic], he hammered away at some harplike instrument and sang in a bone chilling soprano voice.
He has a low brow, savage jaw, beady eyes flashing with hatred; long, greasy hair falls over his face, above a meager beard, thin and black with a sharp point that gives him a Mephistophelean appearance.
10) Apart from the fact that the first part of the novel is entitled 'Marionettes', the Mephistophelean figure of Felix makes teasing reference at one point to Gabriel's wish 'to be a real boy'.