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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.


(ˌmɛfɪˈstɒfɪˌliːz) or


(European Myth & Legend) a devil in medieval mythology and the one to whom Faust sold his soul in the Faust legend
Mephistophelean, Mephistophelian adj


(ˌmɛf əˈstɒf əˌliz)

also Me•phis•to

(məˈfɪs toʊ)

(in the Faust legend) the devil who tempts Faust.
Meph`is•to•phe′li•an, Meph`is•to•phe′le•an (-stəˈfi li ən) adj.
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Noun1.Mephistopheles - evil spirit to whom Faust sold his soulMephistopheles - evil spirit to whom Faust sold his soul


[ˌmefɪsˈtɒfɪliːz] NMefistófeles
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one day came a Faust into our garden,--a good Faust, with no friend Mephistopheles,--and took Margaret from me.
Well, then, Mephistopheles went on with his serenade"--Mme.
he laughed, as mockingly, as heartlessly as Mephistopheles, and so laughing, vanished.
As the young fry of clerks looked at this man playing bowls in the gardens of the ministry with the minister's children, they cracked their brains to guess the secret of his influence and the nature of his services; while, on the other hand, the aristocrats in all the various ministries looked upon him as a dangerous Mephistopheles, courted him, and gave him back with usury the flatteries he bestowed in the higher sphere.
I let him run on, this papier-mache Mephistopheles, and it seemed to me that if I tried I could poke my fore- finger through him, and would find nothing inside but a little loose dirt, maybe.
A carriage at the gate, and Mortimer's man arrives, looking rather like a spurious Mephistopheles and an unacknowledged member of that gentleman's family.
As if he were of the Mephistopheles family indeed, and had walked with a drooping tail.
As Faust and Mephistopheles set out on their journey, life passes before our eyes in all its ever-changing forms.
For this author 'Faust's relationship to Mephistopheles is emblematic of the ways the United States has conducted its foreign policy from 1920 through 2007'.
At the end of that time Mephistopheles would take Faust's soul to hell.
Robert Lepage, one of theatre's directors, applies his artistry to Berlioz's contemplation of good and evil in La Damnation de Faust, starring Marcello Giordani in the title role, with Susan Graham as Marguerite and John Relyea as Mephistopheles.
The emphasis he places on the connections between melancholy and "the legitimation of curiosity in the modern period" (31) allows him to comprehend the relationship between Faust and Mephistopheles in terms of sin and knowledge, while locating the figures in an epic moral and symbolic economy: "the antecedents of Mephistopheles in the epic system are Odysseus and Satan" (34).