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

First Known Use of Mephistopheles

circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Mephistopheles

German

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“Mephistopheles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mephistopheles. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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