mephistophelian


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Meph·i·stoph·e·les

 (mĕf′ĭ-stŏf′ə-lēz′) also Me·phis·to (mə-fĭs′tō)
n.
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.Mephistophelian - showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devilmephistophelian - 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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Mephistophelian

[ˌmefɪstəˈfiːlɪən] ADJmefistofélico
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He avoided with difficulty a burst of Mephistophelian laughter.
Deborah Polaski's unusually masculine, Mephistophelian characterization of Amme intensified as the Kaiserin weakly submitted.
Musharraf Mephistophelian approach has not paid dividends.
Of course Ahmadinejad is a pompous demagogue with a Mephistophelian urge to foment trouble while accepting no responsibility for his hateful words.
Such versatility on the small screen led to more diverse roles in movies, including a showy, mephistophelian turn in assassination thriller Daisy (Andrew Lau, 2006).
Mandelbrod has Mephistophelian traits: the limping of the devil is increased to an existence in a multifunctional wheel chair and the smell of brimstone transformed to a lack of control of his bowels.
Evelyn Waugh, perhaps heeding this example, documents the demise of Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited, not that of his grotesque, Mephistophelian dandyish outrider, Anthony Blanche.