Definition of Mephistophelian adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌmefɪstəˈfiːliən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmefɪstəˈfiːliən//
, also NAmE//ˌmefɪˌstɑːfəˈliən//
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very evil; like the Devil More Like This Expressions from history and legend Achilles heel, Cinderella, Herculean, Mephistophelian, Midas touch, narcissism, odyssey, Prince Charming, Procrustean, Promethean, Pyrrhic, Robin Hood, Scylla and Charybdis, Sleeping Beauty, Stygian, TitanSee worksheet. From Mephistopheles, an evil spirit to whom, according to the German legend, Faust sold his soul. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Mephistopheles, an evil spirit to whom Faust, in the German legend, sold his soul.
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