- of, relating to, or characteristic of Faust: a Faustian novel.
- sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain: a Faustian pact with the Devil.
- characterized by spiritual dissatisfaction or torment.
- possessed with a hunger for knowledge or mastery.
Origin of Faustian
Examples from the Web for faustian
Bain Capital partner Edward Conard struck a Faustian pact with the publicity Devil.David's Book Club: Unintended Consequences
July 3, 2012
Faustus is likely derived from Hephaestus—a Faustian struggle is between good and evil.Your Week: What the Stars Hold
Starsky + Cox
September 4, 2011
All this can be traced to a Faustian bargain Republicans made precisely 100 years after President Lincoln was re-elected.The GOP's Vote for Hate—and Suicide
July 13, 2009
But yanked into the national spotlight by hidden cameras, it brought him a Faustian opportunity.Gandhi Family Feud
April 12, 2009
- of or relating to Faust, esp reminiscent of his bargain with the devil
Word Origin and History for faustian
1876, in reference to Johann Faust (c.1485-1541), German wandering astrologer and wizard, who was reputed to have sold his soul to the Devil. Fantastic tales of his life were told as early as the late 16c., and he was the hero of dramas by Marlowe and Goethe. The Latinized form of his name, faustus, means "of favorable omen."