Mephistopheles

noun
Meph·​is·​toph·​e·​les | \ ˌme-fə-ˈstä-fə-ˌlēz How to pronounce Mephistopheles (audio) \

Definition of Mephistopheles

: a chief devil in the Faust legend

Other Words from Mephistopheles

Mephistophelian \ ˌme-​fə-​stə-​ˈfēl-​yən How to pronounce Mephistopheles (audio) , mə-​ˌfi-​stə-​ How to pronounce Mephistopheles (audio) \ or Mephistophelean \ ˌme-​fə-​stə-​ˈfēl-​yən How to pronounce Mephistopheles (audio) , mə-​ˌfi-​stə-​ How to pronounce Mephistopheles (audio) or  ˌme-​fə-​ˌstä-​fə-​ˈlē-​ən How to pronounce Mephistopheles (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of Mephistopheles

circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Mephistopheles

German

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Mephistopheles

Time Traveler for Mephistopheles

Time Traveler

The first known use of Mephistopheles was circa 1590

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Mephistopheles

Cite this Entry

“Mephistopheles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mephistopheles. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on Mephistopheles

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for Mephistopheles

Comments on Mephistopheles

What made you want to look up Mephistopheles? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!