- Medieval Demonology. one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust.
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Historical Examples of mephisto
They say there was a Mephisto so good he would have deceived the devil himself.The First Violin
And you are a demagogue, and a demigod, and a Jew, and a Mephisto!Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13
The rhythm of the Mephisto serenade is too good for this world.Musical Criticisms
Not a bit like Mephisto: much more like the Miller of the Dee.God and my Neighbour
I allowed myself to whisper to the man with me: "Mephisto and Faust!"The Last Miracle
M. P. Shiel
- a devil in medieval mythology and the one to whom Faust sold his soul in the Faust legend
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."