mephistophelian


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showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil

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In "The Birthmark," the ambitious scientist Aylmer attempts to remove a birthmark on his wife's cheek with the help of a new medicine he develops in his laboratory with the assistance of his mephistophelian servant Aminadab, an experiment which ends with the successful removal of the birthmark, but also with the death of his wife.
A freak of light has thrown a reflection of the Satanic form, slightly above, and immediately behind the preacher, so that, in the picture, the grinning Devil overshadowed the Mephistophelian preacher, and was made to appear to be actually prompting, energising him" (Scarlet, 205).
Such versatility on the small screen led to more diverse roles in movies, including a showy, mephistophelian turn in assassination thriller Daisy (Andrew Lau, 2006).
Yangsheng seeks sexual tutelage from the Mephistophelian Prince of Ning (Tony Ho, chewing the scenery), who savors the pleasures of female flesh in his cliff-top Pavilion of Ultimate Bliss.
Mandelbrod has Mephistophelian traits: the limping of the devil is increased to an existence in a multifunctional wheel chair and the smell of brimstone transformed to a lack of control of his bowels.
Evelyn Waugh, perhaps heeding this example, documents the demise of Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited, not that of his grotesque, Mephistophelian dandyish outrider, Anthony Blanche.
Conquest of the Mephistophelian Nausicaa: Medea's role in Apollonius' redefinition of the epic Hero.
48) Seller's duty cases often imply that offering a safety device as optional, rather than standard, equipment is driven by a Mephistophelian desire to keep production costs as low as possible, irrespective of the effect that decision has on product safety.
They are addressed to the immortal in Man, to the best in each human being; and given this favourable disposition, the abilities to cope with them can be cultivated through education and through life itself provided we are quick to learn from the old Mephistophelian devil Weber referred to in his two famous lectures.
He was ably supported by Swift (33) and Seri (29) in getting 'Burton up to 151 all out, but nobody else even approached double figures, as Josh Brook steamed down the hill like a Mephistophelian minotaur to clinch a career best 5-25 in his bestial 10-over spell.
If we can take it in its transience, its breath, its maybe Mephistophelian, maybe palely Ophelian face, the look it gives, the gesture of its full bloom, and the way it turns upon us to depart .
It's Hoffman's most straightforward performance of three this year, and Jon's willful emotional obliviousness makes for a refreshing contrast to the actor's Mephistophelian and equally brilliant brother act in "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
Mark Graber's Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil will strike many as one of the more Mephistophelian sallies of constitutional thought published in quite some time.
A character with a Mephistophelian face gave them all the permissions they desired.
consequently, entered a Faustian pact with the Mephistophelian regime