Mephistophelean love



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  • adjective Showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil.


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  • Jekelius in his book "Man's search for meaning" (pages 154-155): ever encountered in my whole life whom I would dare to call a Mephistophelean being, a satanic figure.

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  • Ray had reached the stage where he had started to regard his stubbornly enduring virginity as a kind of Mephistophelean trade-off.

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  • An innovation is the introduction of the Entertainer, a kind of Mephistophelean narrator cobbled out of lines from other characters and played by singer Tim Rogers.

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  • The other is the Mephistophelean financier and arbitrageur Gordon Gekko, he of the power braces and the shark-like half-smile, half-snarl.

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  • With the Whitby Gazette fielding a footy team against the lords of darkness, locals have clearly embraced the twice-yearly event, based at the Spa Pavilion, with its Mephistophelean market and concerts Chameleons Vox headline tonight.

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  • Regen Wilson is the ringleader as Welles, and while he doesn't have the uncanny Wellesian presence that Dan Brick summoned in the role at DCAC, he does have a naughty Mephistophelean grin.

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  • Last April, the British retailer Gamestation set out to prove the point by including in its boilerplate some Mephistophelean contractual language: "By placing an order via this Web site," read the clause, "you agree to grant us a non-transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul."

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  • Ustinov directed Burton to go through the film without blinking – obviously to suggest the lunatic power of the Mephistophelean Hammersmith.

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  • Of course, it helps when the speechifiers include two of my favorite performers, Simon Russell Beale (as the Mephistophelean arms dealer, Andrew Undershaft) and Clare Higgins (as his imperturbably imperious wife) at the top of their forms.

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  • Shrek fans will recognise their tiffs as a narrative staple of the series? and stomps off on his own, encountering the sinister and Mephistophelean figure of Rumpelstiltskin, who offers him his old bachelor life back in exchange for cancelling just one day of his earlier existence.

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