Definition of Mephistophelian in English:


Line breaks: Meph¦is¦to|phe¦lian
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛfɪstəˈfiːlɪən
, mɪˌfɪstə-, ˌmɛfɪstɒfɪˈliːən
(also Mephistophelean)


Wicked; fiendish: a Mephistophelian cackle
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  • Max von Sydow gives a coolly Mephistophelean performance as Sam, the dapper, expatriate owner of a neon-lit gambling joint in the middle of a desert.


mid 19th century: from Mephistopheles, an evil spirit to whom Faust, in the German legend, sold his soul.

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