[ fou-stee-uhn ]

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Faust: a Faustian novel.

  2. sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain: a Faustian pact with the Devil.

  1. characterized by spiritual dissatisfaction or torment.

  2. possessed with a hunger for knowledge or mastery.

Origin of Faustian

First recorded in 1875–80; Faust + -ian

Words Nearby Faustian

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How to use Faustian in a sentence

  • Each transaction in the transient corresponds to a pragmatics that transforms the Faustian promise into an advertising slogan.

British Dictionary definitions for Faustian


/ (ˈfaʊstɪən) /

  1. of or relating to Faust, esp reminiscent of his bargain with the devil

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