Definition of Mephistophelian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛfɪstəˈfiːlɪən/
Pronunciation: /mɪˌfɪstəˈfiːlɪən/ Pronunciation: /ˌmɛfɪstɒfɪˈliːən/
(also Mephistophelean)


Wicked; fiendish: a Mephistophelian cackle
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  • Ben Castellano is a talented but unpublished writer who strikes a Mephistophelean bargain with his best friend Brice, a bestselling author suffering from writers' block since his acrimonious divorce.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.


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

Words that rhyme with Mephistophelian

anthelion, Aristotelian, Aurelian, carnelian, chameleon, Karelian, Mendelian, Pelion, Sahelian

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