Faustian

adjective
Faust·​ian | \ ˈfau̇-stē-ən How to pronounce Faustian (audio) , ˈfȯ- How to pronounce Faustian (audio) \

Definition of Faustian

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

First Known Use of Faustian

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Faustian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Faustian. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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