- Medieval Demonology. one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust.
Examples from the Web for mephistopheles
But these kids make for wan enemies, after the Mephistopheles Berezovsky almost too small to pick on.Putin Needs an Enemy After Berezovsky’s Death
March 25, 2013
Mephistopheles, or Mrs. Felix Lorraine; one or the other, perhaps both.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Possibly, like Mephistopheles in Faust, he may retaliate on his adversaries.The Republic
Corporal Penington was, I believe, as usual, the inspiring Mephistopheles of the affair.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
"My dear fellow, I am not Mephistopheles," laughed the narrow-eyed doctor.The Doctor of Pimlico
William Le Queux
Mephistopheles himself is the most interesting of all Devils.Visions and Revisions
John Cowper Powys
- a devil in medieval mythology and the one to whom Faust sold his soul in the Faust legend
Word Origin and History for 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."