Meph·​is·​toph·​e·​les ˌme-fə-ˈstä-fə-ˌlēz How to pronounce Mephistopheles (audio)
: a chief devil in the Faust legend

Examples of Mephistopheles in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Mephistopheles movement, Bernstein augments the infernal atmosphere by having the strings play sul ponticello—a ghastly slithering of the bow near the bridge. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023

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Word History



First Known Use

circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mephistopheles was circa 1590

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“Mephistopheles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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