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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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By use of the art, he is able to call a magical entity named Mephistophilis who represents on earth his chief namely Lucifer from the hell.
He strikes a deal with the devil, via the sprit Mephistophilis, and enjoys 24 years of 'all voluptuousness' with magic powers and Mephistophilis at his beck and call.
the powerlessness of language" and the "hollowing out of linguistic force" relative to Mephistophilis's "special effects" (464, 466).
In what serves as a summary of his unhappy domestic situation, he quotes Mephistophilis from Marlowe's Dr.
La gran variante es que Marlowe, a pesar de que Fausto es condenado, se muestra a favor de su protagonista y de su guia Mephistophilis. Los anhelos del personaje: sus ansias de saber, su perpetua busqueda de la belleza pura son de mucho interes para el dramaturgo ingles, pues ve en ellos un espiritu renovador, alejado de los conceptos reinantes en el mundo que conoce.
/ If unto God, he'll throw me down to hell." It was Marlowe, not Shakespeare, who preceded Milton in depicting a fallen angel, Mephistophilis, and doesn't the superman Tamburlaine bear a closer resemblance to the celestial and infernal powers Milton portrays than the hesitant, prevaricating Dane does?
(54) According to Harris, 98, "Both the dog and Mephistophilis trap their prey by pretending friendship and tempting them with promises of supernatural powers.
Mephistophilis is truly Marlovian-intelligent, sardonic, and tragic.
Edward II; Mephistophilis in Doctor Faustus; and the Scythian shepherd
With Maurice Ralston (Doctor Faustus), Laura Cole (Mephistophilis, others), Nicholas Faircloth, Mike Niedzwiecki, and Mary Russell (Sound Demons).
Mephistophilis did not appear as "an old Franciscan friar," despite the contention of Marlowe's Faustus that "that shape [...] befits a devil best," but rather as a rather voluptuous and extremely acrobatic young woman.