from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The devil in the Faust legend to whom Faust sold his soul.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The Devil to whom Faust sold his soul in the legend.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A familiar spirit mentioned in the old legend of Sir John Faustus, and a principal agent in Marlowe's play Dr. Faustus and in Goethe's Faust. In medieval demonology, he was one of the seven chief devils.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of a familiar spirit mentioned in the old legend of Sir John Faustus, and a principal agent in Marlowe's play of Dr. Faustus, and in Goethe's “Faust.”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. evil spirit to whom Faust sold his soul
Schröer suggests a combination of Hebrew mephitz "destroyer" + tophel "liar" (from tophel sheqer, literally "falsehood plasterer, see שֶׁקֶר; cf. Job xiii:4). (Wiktionary)