Definition of Mephistopheles in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmefəˈstäfəlēz/
(also Mephisto /məˈfistō/)


An evil spirit to whom Faust, in the German legend, sold his soul.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /məˌfistəˈfēlēən/
(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  • Ben Castellano is a talented but unpublished writer who strikes a Mephistophelean bargain with his best friend Brice, a bestselling author suffering from writers' block since his acrimonious divorce.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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Syllabification: Meph·i·stoph·e·les

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