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 (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.
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(European Myth & Legend) German legend a magician and alchemist who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power
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also Faus•tus

(ˈfaʊ stəs, ˈfɔ-)

a magician in medieval German legend who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power.
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Updated to the 21st century, this unnerving tale has elements of the Faust legend about it, involving a bottle in which lives an imp who can grant all its owner's wishes - but it must be sold on for less than the owner paid for it.
An essay on Lutheran religious writings about the devil and sorcery, another on Barnebe Riche's polemical pamphlet The True Report of a Late Practise, Enterprised by a Papist (1582), and a third mapping the Faust legend as it evolves in the sixteenth century, comprise this section.
Ayckbourn says die play--about a young woman who helps an elderly crime boss after he's hit by a car, and ends up as his protegee--is based in part on the Faust legend. "It is, in the end, the story of a girl corrupted by worldly goods," Ayckbourn says.
When John Peter reviewed the production, he noted that it "turns out to be a brilliantly self-denying piece of mythology" and concluded, "The Faust legend is dead." Ravenhill thought that a "more honest" title would be Faust Is Dead, and the play has since adopted it (Sierz 137).
The commentator also announces some major themes in the Foreword: the double nature, objective and subjective, of time (especially ironic in the land of watches and clocks), the placement of the story before the cataclysmic Great War, the use of the Faust legend, the unusual length of the novel, the playful recurrence of the number seven and the magic spell that dominates the mountain (Mann, The Magic Mountain, trans.
It was named Halicephalobus mephisto after mestopheles, the demon in the Faust legend.
Hubert Zapf discusses Goethe's impact upon Hawthorne's writing, most notably the Faust masterpiece on Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown": whereas Goethe had reclaimed the more joyful version of the medieval Faust legend, Hawthorne's Puritan recreation of the Faust myth co-opted the more dour aspects of the tale.
Comedy based on the Faust legend, starring Dudley Moore and Peter Cook.
Bucchianeri posits that the Faust legend may have served as a warning to Christians against involvement in the black arts and as a veiled introduction to new scientific theories considered blasphemous by the Church; her study of Christopher Marlowe's Faust drama first performed in 1604 demonstrates his use of it to express his dissatisfaction with the religious politics of the Elizabethan Age.
Set in the mid-1950s, "Damn Yankees" is a modern retelling of the Faust legend with a baseball theme.