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 ingenuity or wickedness; as, a mephistophelean glint in his eye.

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


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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