Definition of Mephistophelian in English:

Mephistophelian

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

adjective

Wicked; fiendish: a Mephistophelian cackle
More example sentences
  • Ben Castellano is a talented but unpublished writer who strikes a Mephistophelean bargain with his best friend Brice, a bestselling author suffering from writers' block since his acrimonious divorce.
  • His cleverly disguised off-cutters terrified batsmen, and a legend grew as cartoonists captured his Mephistophelean physiognomy and writers relished his deadly deeds.
  • 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.

Origin

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

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