Examples from the Web for mephisto
"A disguise for this demoiselle," announced Mephisto to the woman who met them.Violets and Other Tales|Alice Ruth Moore
Why, Mephisto has some pretty good traits; but Alexander Pope is as crooked as an interrogation-point, inside and out.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14|Elbert Hubbard
Mephisto changes himself into a horse—'with wings like a dromedary.'The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'|H. B. Cotterill
"Indeed not," said Mr. Rutledge, feeling as Faust must have felt when Mephisto began to promise things.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
These they put into a small bag, and mephisto went back through the scullery into the back garden and hid these spoons in a bush.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
shortened form of Mephistopheles.
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."
In the drama Faust by Goethe, a devil who tempts Faust into selling his soul to the powers of darkness. Mephistopheles also appears, with his name spelled Mephistophilis, in the sixteenth-century English play Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe.