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Faust

[foust]
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noun
  1. Jo·hann [yoh-hahn] /ˈyoʊ hɑn/, c1480–c1538, German magician, alchemist, and astrologer.
  2. the chief character of a medieval legend, represented as selling his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power.
  3. (italics) a tragedy by Goethe (Part 1, 1808; Part 2, 1832).
  4. (italics) an opera (1859) by Charles Gounod.
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Examples from the Web for faust

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  • "Faust" is the only play he ever wrote that can rank at all with a dozen of Shakespeare's.

  • Faust is holding out Lauzanne, and stretched me half a point about the mare.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • "He did; but—" and Crane looked at Faust, with patient toleration of his lack of perception.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • Faust went away more than ever suspicious of Crane and Diablo.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • "I see you have Diablo entered for the Brooklyn," Faust put out as a feeler.

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    W. A. Fraser


British Dictionary definitions for faust

Faust

Faustus (ˈfaʊstəs)

noun
  1. German legend a magician and alchemist who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power
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faust in Culture

Faust

[(fowst)]

A legendary sixteenth-century magician and practitioner of alchemy, who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for youth, knowledge, and power. Christopher Marlowe, a sixteenth-century English poet, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote famous plays about him.

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Note

A “Faustian” bargain is one in which a person is willing to make extreme sacrifices for power or knowledge without considering the ultimate cost.
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