[ mef-uh-stof-uh-leez ]

  1. Medieval Demonology. one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust.

  • Also Me·phis·to [muh-fis-toh]. /məˈfɪs toʊ/.

Other words from Mephistopheles

  • Meph·is·to·phe·li·an, Meph·is·to·phe·le·an [‐stuh-fee-lee-uhn], /‐stəˈfi li ən/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for Mephistopheles


Mephisto (məˈfɪstəʊ)

/ (ˌmɛfɪˈstɒfɪˌliːz) /

  1. a devil in medieval mythology and the one to whom Faust sold his soul in the Faust legend

Derived forms of Mephistopheles

  • Mephistophelean or Mephistophelian (ˌmɛfɪstəˈfiːlɪən), adjective

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Cultural definitions for Mephistopheles


[ (mef-i-stof-uh-leez) ]

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.

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