- a devil in medieval legend and later literary and operatic works, to whom Faust, or Faustus, sells his soul for knowledge and power
- a crafty, powerful, sardonic person
Origin of MephistophelesGer, earlier Miphostophiles from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Hebrew (language) m?ph?tz, destroyer + t?ph?l, liar
The devil in the Faust legend to whom Faust sold his soul.
- Me·phis′to·phe′le·an Me·phis′to·phe′li·an