: of, relating to, resembling, or suggesting Faust
especially : made or done for present gain without regard for future cost or consequences
a Faustian bargain

Examples of Faustian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Travis Scott is emblematic of the Faustian bargain one makes when weaving themselves and their art too deeply with capitalism. Hazlitt, 23 Aug. 2023 Local politicians eagerly joined this Faustian bargain with developers. WSJ, 1 July 2023 In 2018, Ro Khanna, a Democrat Representative in California who was evidently conversant with Blackstone’s rhetoric, spoke pointedly to the Faustian bargain that workers–usually unwittingly–often make with firms like Blackstone when their savings are invested by them. Brett Christophers, Time, 23 June 2023 To lead the House chamber, McCarthy struck a deal with the devil (or a score of them), a Faustian bargain that is essentially a power-sharing agreement with the Republican Party’s most radical House members. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 22 June 2023 This Faustian bargain is the equivalent of taxpayers picking up the tab for up to 74 cents of every dollar a donor deems charitable, while the other 26 cents often remain dormant. Kat Taylor, Fortune, 10 Oct. 2021 Now the party leaders, who one by one have made a Faustian deal with the man in the pink castle, are doing his dirty work — helping Trump wreak vengeance. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 14 May 2021 The big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical put a Faustian spin on diamond high jinks. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2023 Which brings us to Bedazzled, Harold Ramis’s 2000 remake of Stanley Donen’s 1967 movie about a man (Dudley Moore) who makes a Faustian bargain with the devil (Peter Cook). Vulture, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Faustian was in 1876

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“Faustian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Faustian. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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