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.
Munching on the scenery, his Mephistophelian face staring down the camera, it's clear he's going to stop at nothing in order to track down Reid and his compatriots.
example of likeable Munching on the scenery, his Mephistophelian face staring down the camera, it's clear he's going to stop at nothing in order to track down Reid and his compatriots.
Instead of viewing the native as a fellow human being with all the potential and frailties that condition implies, Cooper introduces the native as a repulsive villain with Mephistophelian nature.
and Armin Mueller-Stahl, the characters Rick actually interacts with seem more spiritually and mythological referential, from a scripture-spouting pimp in Las Vegas, to a Mephistophelian Antonio Banderas who temps and diverts Rick on this quest at a lavish yet vapid Hollywood party.
Oscar Issac plays the role with an intense, almost Mephistophelian, dignity that enables the viewer to grasp how hard it can be to resist the pressure to compromise on the most essential things--and just how crucial that resistance really is.
Such dreams were personified in the imposing figure of Wernher Von Braun, one of the elect beings of NASA, whose previous career as a wartime rocket engineer for the Fuehrer had invested him with an all but Mephistophelian glamor, "that variety of glamor usually described as fascinating.
Deborah Polaski's unusually masculine, Mephistophelian characterization of Amme intensified as the Kaiserin weakly submitted.
Musharraf Mephistophelian approach has not paid dividends.
One of many caustic witticisms offered by the Mephistophelian Lord Henry in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray suggests, "We live in an age that reads too much to be wise .
Of course Ahmadinejad is a pompous demagogue with a Mephistophelian urge to foment trouble while accepting no responsibility for his hateful words.
Here we have Arthur Dimmesdale as Faust figure and Roger Chillingworth as his mephistophelian counterpart.