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mephistophelian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mephistophelian showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil "devilish schemes","the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen","the diabolical expression on his face","a mephistophelian glint in his eye"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. a Mephistophelian Pertaining to, or resembling, the devil Mephistopheles, “a crafty, scoffing, relentless fiend;” devilish in character or aspect; crafty; showing cunning or ingenuity or wickedness; as, a mephistophelean glint in his eye.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mephistophelian Of, pertaining to, or resembling in character the spirit Mephistopheles; diabolical; sardonic; jeering; irreverent.
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Usage

In literature:

Hare, with his queer, Mephistophelian countenance, was the wickeder of the two.
"A Book of Remarkable Criminals" by H. B. Irving
Now don't smile that Mephistophelian smile at me.
"Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed" by Edna Ferber
She had, as if designedly to relieve these effects, a pair of Mephistophelian black eyebrows and a very neat black dress.
"The Club of Queer Trades" by G. K. Chesterton
He avoided with difficulty a burst of Mephistophelian laughter.
"Under Western Eyes" by Joseph Conrad
At the elfin black hair and Mephistophelian face of this horrible, wonderful image, I stared fascinatedly.
"Tales of Chinatown" by Sax Rohmer
The face was almost mephistophelian in effect.
"The Master of Silence" by Irving Bacheller
For not even here was my father's satire of the cheerless and Mephistophelian school.
"The Caxtons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
It appeared to him a Mephistophelian ingenuity.
"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)" by Arnold Bennett
Alfoxden was a slight, Mephistophelian man ... with bushy, red eyebrows.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
The face was made Mephistophelian, and the front half of him wore scarlet.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
This organisation was more a dictatorship than anything else, and had about it something at once genial and Mephistophelian.
"Cecil Rhodes" by Princess Catherine Radziwill
His smile held the polished brutality of the most Mephistophelian Mephistopheles.
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
His face was Mephistophelian, his voice edged with irony.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
One of the guests, a diplomatist, of Mephistophelian aspect and species, took advantage of it to turn the conversation.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 453" by Various
Mephistophelian scepticism, indeed, will satisfy the head's play-instincts much better than any rigorous idealism can.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
A halo still surrounds the Mephistophelian figure which incarnates the Hohenzollern spirit.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
A rather Mephistophelian face.
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
His voice would be nearly gone by this time, and, with his Mephistophelian face and glaring eyes, he looked a perfect fiend.
"From Chart House to Bush Hut" by Charles W. L. Bryde
Van Slyck's eyes danced with satisfaction, and his saturnine smile was almost Mephistophelian.
"The Argus Pheasant" by John Charles Beecham
These flowers often look down at us in a sort of mocking, Mephistophelian manner, as they hang amid the rich greens of other shrubs and trees.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
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