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Faust

[foust] /faʊst/
noun
1.
Johann
[yoh-hahn] /ˈyoʊ hɑn/ (Show IPA),
c1480–c1538, German magician, alchemist, and astrologer.
2.
the chief character of a medieval legend, represented as selling his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power.
3.
(italics) a tragedy by Goethe (Part 1, 1808; Part 2, 1832).
4.
(italics) an opera (1859) by Charles Gounod.
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Faust

/faʊst/
noun
1.
(German legend) a magician and alchemist who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power
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Faust in Culture
Faust [(fowst)]

A legendary sixteenth-century magician and practitioner of alchemy, who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for youth, knowledge, and power. Christopher Marlowe, a sixteenth-century English poet, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote famous plays about him.

Note: A “Faustian” bargain is one in which a person is willing to make extreme sacrifices for power or knowledge without considering the ultimate cost.
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