- Medieval Demonology. one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust.
Examples from the Web for mephistophelian
He avoided with difficulty a burst of Mephistophelian laughter.
But suddenly she knitted her brows in a Mephistophelian frown.
For not even here was my father's satire of the cheerless and Mephistophelian school.The Caxtons, Complete
What he saw caused a sort of Mephistophelian grin to curve his lips.Ann Arbor Tales
Karl Edwin Harriman
Stoffles was her name, a familiar abbreviation, and Mephistophelian was her nature.Lords of the Housetops
- a devil in medieval mythology and the one to whom Faust sold his soul in the Faust legend
Word Origin and History for mephistophelian
1590s, the evil spirit to whom Faust sold his soul in the German legend, from German (1587), of unknown origin. According to the speculation of eminent Göthe scholar K.J. Schröer (1886) it is a compound of Hebrew mephitz "destroyer" + tophel "liar" (short for tophel sheqer, literally "falsehood plasterer;" cf. Job xiii:4). Klein writes that the names of devils in the Middle Ages "are in most cases derived from Hebrew."