(also Mephisto /məˈfistō/)
An evil spirit to whom Faust, in the German legend, sold his soul.
- Murnau is portrayed as a Mephistopheles who will pay any price to create his masterpiece, including the death of his cast and crew.
- Of course, Faust was tempted enough to fall for the Mephistopheles trick, and sold his soul to the devil.
- And events proceed, with yours truly, Mephistopheles himself, trading in his soul for youth, beauty, all that.
(also Mephistophelian) adjective
- 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- Ben Castellano is a talented but unpublished writer who strikes a Mephistophelean bargain with his best friend Brice, a bestselling author suffering from writers' block since his acrimonious divorce.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.
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