Mephistophelean
Mephistophelean Meph`is*to*phe"le*an, Mephistophelian Meph`is*to*phe"li*an(? or ?), prop. a. Pertaining to, or resembling, the devil Mephistopheles, ``a crafty, scoffing, relentless fiend;'' devilish in character or aspect; crafty; showing cunning or ingenuity or wickedness; as, a mephistophelean glint in his eye.

Syn: devilish, diabolic, diabolical, mephistophelean. [1913 Webster]


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  • Mephistophelean — or Mephistophelian [mef΄is tə fē′lē ən, mə fis΄təfē′lē ən; mef΄ə stäf΄ə lē′ən] adj. 1. of Mephistopheles 2. like Mephistopheles; fiendish, diabolic, crafty, malevolent, sardonic, etc. * * * See Mephistopheles. * * * …   Universalium

  • Mephistophelean — or Mephistophelian [mef΄is tə fē′lē ən, mə fis΄təfē′lē ən; mef΄ə stäf΄ə lē′ən] adj. 1. of Mephistopheles 2. like Mephistopheles; fiendish, diabolic, crafty, malevolent, sardonic, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Mephistophelean — adjective see Mephistopheles …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Mephistophelean — adjective Showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil …   Wiktionary

  • Mephistophelean —  (or Mephistophelian)  Evil; after Mephistopheles, the devil to whom Faust sold his soul …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Mephistophelean — adj. satanic, bestial; cynical …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mephistophelean — mephis·tophe·lean …   English syllables

  • mephistophelean — adjective showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil devilish schemes the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen the diabolical expression on his face a mephistophelian glint in his eye • Syn: ↑devilish,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mephistophelean laughter — evil and demonic laughter …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Mephistophelian — Mephistophelean Meph is*to*phe le*an, Mephistophelian Meph is*to*phe li*an(? or ?), prop. a. Pertaining to, or resembling, the devil Mephistopheles, a crafty, scoffing, relentless fiend; devilish in character or aspect; crafty; showing cunning or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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