- Jo·hann [yoh-hahn] /ˈyoʊ hɑn/, c1480–c1538, German magician, alchemist, and astrologer.
- the chief character of a medieval legend, represented as selling his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power.
- (italics) a tragedy by Goethe (Part 1, 1808; Part 2, 1832).
- (italics) an opera (1859) by Charles Gounod.
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No, answered Faust; she suspected that Harvard was no different.Princeton's Woman Problem
March 21, 2011
"Faust" is the only play he ever wrote that can rank at all with a dozen of Shakespeare's.The Man Shakespeare
Faust is holding out Lauzanne, and stretched me half a point about the mare.
"He did; but—" and Crane looked at Faust, with patient toleration of his lack of perception.
Faust went away more than ever suspicious of Crane and Diablo.
"I see you have Diablo entered for the Brooklyn," Faust put out as a feeler.
- German legend a magician and alchemist who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power
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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