Mephistopheles

Definitions

  • Faust and Mephistopheles fly out of the window
    Faust and Mephistopheles fly out of the window
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Mephistopheles evil spirit to whom Faust sold his soul
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Mephistopheles The name of a familiar spirit mentioned in the old legend of Sir John Faustus, and a principal agent in Marlowe's play of Dr. Faustus, and in Goethe's “Faust.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mephistopheles mef-is-tof′e-lēz the name of the devil in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Goethe's Faust
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. unknown; prob. formed from Gr. , not, phōs (phot-), light, philos, loving.

Usage

In literature:

There is only one Mephistopheles; but he is protean in shape.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866" by Various
I know he is tall, and dark, and insinuating, and, in fact, a Mephistopheles.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Seward was the political juggler, or Mephistopheles, as some called him, and the result was regarded as his triumph.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Believe in a God if you will, but do not degrade him by accepting an interpretation of him that would do injustice to Mephistopheles!
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
This sudden call to duty was like a summons from Mephistopheles to the fulfillment of a forgotten pact.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The morality, for example, of Goethe and Shakespeare appears in the presentation of such characters as Iago and Mephistopheles.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
He looks like a benevolent Mephistopheles, and is kindness personified to young artists.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Berklinger had disappeared as if he had been carried away on Mephistopheles's mantle.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Goethe was evidently wrong when he introduced Mephistopheles as a black dog instead of a cat similarly colored.
"Landmarks of Scientific Socialism" by Friedrich Engels
At its close Mephistopheles warns him of the approach of Marguerite and conceals him behind a curtain.
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
A MODERN MEPHISTOPHELES, AND A WHISPER IN THE DARK.
"Lulu's Library, Volume II" by Louisa M. Alcott
He, evidently, was the Mephistopheles of the group.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
Who had ever conceived of a boy-Mephistopheles?
"Leerie" by Ruth Sawyer
While this bungling disciple of Mephistopheles was digging his own pitfall, Virginie was in some perplexity.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 119, September, 1867" by Various
Mephistopheles lives and works.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 16" by Various
It was like fencing with Mephistopheles.
"Tales of the Wonder Club" by M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
I proposed to cure her, to make life dear to her, to transform Mephistopheles, 'first of all I must bring her into better company.
"The Children of the World" by Paul Heyse
If Mephistopheles had been at work, he had done his work well.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
Sir Harry, now was Major Rockley, that dreadful Mephistopheles, half killed?
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn
Comparison between Mephistopheles and Iago, 23.
"Comfort Found in Good Old Books" by George Hamlin Fitch
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In poetry:

"Ah, Twardowski, brother, greeting!"
Says he boldly, at his ease:
"Did you not expect this meeting?
I am Mephistopheles.
"Twardowski's Wife" by Adam Mickiewicz

In news:

JACK MOLINAS was probably the greatest fixer of basketball games in history, the Mephistopheles of college sports.
Mephistopheles in the EPT.
Lil Mephistopheles wins Illinois Futurity Associated Press.
Lil Mephistopheles beat Act of War by two lengths Saturday in the $102,775 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity for 2-year-olds bred in the state.
When Mephistopheles shows up wearing a gold Rolex he's truly a creature for our age.
In this third volume of award-winning novelist Wingate's Moses Lake series, Mephistopheles meets modern love in a cozy but predictable story of leaning on one's steady faith.
In order to save his dying father, young stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze sells his soul to Mephistopheles and sadly parts from the pure-hearted Roxanne Simpson.
Satan, Lucifer, Mephistopheles -- the devil has quite an array of credits.
Mephistopheles in the EPT I Full Story.
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In science:

Let us here quote that Goethe had properly used such a word in his Faust, verse 292, where Mephistopheles referring to mankind exclaims: <>! By considering quarks to be the real carriers of the strong charge (cf.
Multi-verses, Micro-universes and Elementary Particles (Hadrons)
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