Faustian

Faustian

[fou-stee-uhn]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Faust: a Faustian novel.
2.
sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain: a Faustian pact with the Devil.
3.
characterized by spiritual dissatisfaction or torment.
4.
possessed with a hunger for knowledge or mastery.

Origin:
1875–80; Faust + -ian

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Faustian (ˈfaʊstɪən)
 
adj
of or relating to Faust, esp reminiscent of his bargain with the devil

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Faustian
1876, a reference to Johann Faust (1488-1541), Ger. wandering astrologer and wizard, who was reputed to have sold his soul to the Devil. He was the hero of dramas by Marlowe and Goethe.
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